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of the 23-year-old Frenchman (47.64), in the absence of world swimming superstar, American Caeleb Dressel, who has withdrawn for the rest of the competition after withdrawing before the semi-finals of the queen distance.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”.
“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.
Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.
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