European Aquatics Championships : After swimming the “greatest race I ever did” to break the men’s 100m freestyle world record at the European Championships in Rome on Saturday, David Popovici reacted with “euphoria.”
Popovici remarked, “It’s fantastic to be able to state that I am the fastest to ever do it.”
The Brazilian Cesar Cielo-era world record of 46.86 seconds was broken by the 17-year-old Romanian double world champion in the 2009 World Championships, which were held in Rome.
Breaking the record set here in 2009 by Cesar Cielo was fantastic, and it’s really special,” said Popovici later on.
Popovici appeared to be having a good time.
“That was euphoria starting to take hold. just that. “
There aren’t many adjectives I can use to describe how I’m feeling. Simply put, I’m thrilled, “Popovici, who has flawless and vivacious English, stated.
At the 2019 World Championships, American Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel recorded the fastest time in a textile suit, which was 46.96.
“I just truly had two plans: to travel quickly and to have a good time,” Popovici remarked.
“It hurt, but it was worthwhile, and I feel great right now.”
The 200m butterfly world record holder from Hungary, Kristof Milak, finished in second place in 47.47, followed by Italy’s Alessandro Miressi in third place in 47.63.
“I’m currently a member of the world record club,” added Popovici.
“Just as I was about to finish, Kristof Milak welcomed me to the club.”
When asked if he’d completed the ideal race, Popovici said, “I guess so, sure.”
However, he continued, “Well, my coach has to make that call, but for the time being, I think it’s probably the best race I’ve ever run.”
On Friday, Popovici set a new European record with a time of 46.98 seconds, making it easy for him to get to the final.
I was right when I predicted yesterday that the European record was merely a start in the right direction, according to Popovici.
At the World Championships in June, Popovici became the first man to successfully execute the 100-200m freestyle double in almost 50 years.
He has also registered for the Sunday 200-meter and Wednesday 400-meter events in Rome, but he declined to forecast any other world records.
“There is no rush,” said Popovici, who plans to compete in the world junior championships in Peru beginning at the end of August.
“I think I still like the 200 more, but I have to get a little bit closer to the world record.
Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not the day after tomorrow, but I have a lot of time, so there is no rush.”
On Saturday, a second 17-year-old world champion added a gold medal from Europe.
The world record for the women’s 100m breaststroke was achieved by American Lilly King in 2017.
Benedetta Pilato won in 1:05.97, more than a second and a half slower than King.
Pilato was followed home by Lisa Angiolini, who is also from Italy, and Ruta Meilutyte, who won the 50-meter world title in Lithuania.
Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the women’s 50-meter butterfly gold for the fifth time in 24.96 seconds.
The 28-year-old is the only female competitor in the 50-meter pool event to clock in under 25 seconds.
Marie Wattel of France took silver, and Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands finished third.
Yohann Ndoye Brouard of France won the first final of the evening in the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 55.62 seconds.
He defeated Luke Greenbank of England and Benedek Kovacs of Hungary.
In the women’s 400m individual medley, 18-year-old Viktoria Milhalyvari-Farkas led a Hungarian one-two ahead of Zsuzsanna Jakabos, with Britain’s Freya Colbert coming in third.
The men’s 800m freestyle was won by Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, who finished ahead of German Lukas Martens and another Italian, Lorenzo Galossi.
The women’s 400x100m freestyle relay was won by the British, who edged off the Swedes and the Dutch to cap the evening.