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David POPOVICI
Sport Swimming
NOC Romania   
GenderMen
Born15 Sep 2004 in Bucharest, ROU
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Romanian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Bucharest, Romania.
Why this sport?
His parents and a doctor encouraged him to try the sport as a form of rehabilitation due to a back problem caused by curvature of the spine. "I broke the first national record at age 10. Since then, I have become addicted to the feeling that the highest place on the podium gives you."
Club / Team
Clubul Sportiv Dinamo: Bucharest, ROU
Name of coach
Adrian Radulescu [personal], ROU
Training Regime
He swims between 4km and 7km, depending on his training schedule. He trains for up to five hours a day, which includes gym work, massage, and stretching.
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel, cycling, watching movies. (frnpm.ro, 12 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in the 100m freestyle at the 2020 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, (digi24.ro, 05 Jun 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Adrian Radulescu. (digi24.ro, 05 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength." (Instagram profile, 21 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he received the Piotr Nurowski Award as Best Young European Athlete for Summer Sports from the Association of European Olympic Committees. (gsp.ro, 25 Nov 2021)

In 2021 he received an acknowledgement from the Romanian Education Ministry in recognition of his performance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (hotnews.ro, 04 Aug 2021)
Other information
REJECTING OFFERS
He received offers to study at universities on the United States of America following his performances at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but he decided to stay in Romania. "Since the recruitment season opened, we have received a lot of offers from many universities, and from the most prestigious in the United States. I was honoured. But after considering it, I came to the conclusion that I'm fine here. I stay here because I really want to continue my studies in Romania, I want to continue swimming with the people I have around me, in whom I have maximum confidence. Now, with the team I have and which supports me, I think it's good to be here." (playtech.ro, 11 Nov 2021; libertatea.ro, 27 Sep 2021; digifm.ro, 06 Sep 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:44.68
40 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 22.77
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 48.04
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:43.21
1 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 47.58
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 400m Freestyle 3:46.08
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:43.62
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2022 Rome, ITA 200m Freestyle 1:42.97
1 2022 Rome, ITA 100m Freestyle 46.86
Heats 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.43
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:48.38
6 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 48.08
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:48.19
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 47.21
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:42.12
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
74 2021   Overall Ranking  
5 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 46.77
5 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:43.58