Romanian David Popovici broke the world record for the 100m freestyle in the final of the European Swimming Championships on Saturday in Rome.
The 17-year-old prodigy thus confirmed the hopes placed in him by crushing the final of the 100m freestyle this Saturday at the European Championships in Rome, world record at the key (46”86).
The Romanian wipes out the Brazilian César Cielo, who became the first man to go below 47 seconds thirteen years ago, in 2009 (46”91).
Popovici beat Hungarian Kristof Milak (47.47) and Italian Alessandro Miressi (47.63), while Frenchman Maxime Grousset had to settle for 4th place.
Double Gold medalist at the Budapest Worlds in the 100 and 200 meters freestyle, the native of Bucharest had already announced the color on Friday in the semi-finals by becoming the fourth man only to go below 47 seconds behind Cielo, the Frenchman Alain Bernard (46.94) and the American Caeleb Dressel (46.98).
With his feat in Rome, Popovici now reigns unchallenged in world men’s swimming.