Natation: Popovici world champion of the 100m freestyle, Grousset in silver

Romanian David Popovici won his second world title on Wednesday by winning the 100m freestyle, just ahead of Frenchman Maxime Grousset.

With a time of 47 sec 58/100, he is just ahead of the 23-year-old Frenchman (47.64), in the absence of world swimming superstar, American Caeleb Dressel, who has withdrawn for the rest of the competition after withdrawing before the semi-finals of the queen distance.

In the last 50 unbreathable meters, the 17-year-old finally won his second title at these worlds, the second medal for Romania.

“Last year in Tokyo I lost the bronze medal for 2/100” so “now I know what it is to win this way” he reacted to the microphone of France Télévisions.

Popovici had already caused a sensation on Monday by being crowned in the 200m freestyle, becoming with a time of 1min 43sec 21 the fourth fastest man in history over the distance.

For Maxime Grousset, fourth in the 100m freestyle in Tokyo, the money is a satisfaction, he who said he was “happy (…) to have represented France so well”.

Frenchman Maxime Grousset after the 100m freestyle at the Worlds, in which he finished second, on June 22, 2022 in Budapest (AFP – Oli SCARFF)

“During the race, I felt that we were really all on the same line, I felt that I was going to finish in the three, maybe even beat Popovici, but it came to nothing, I crack a little on the end.” he added.

Joshua Liendo Edwards completes the podium.

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