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Romanian phenomenon Popovici blasts to second world title

The Romanian David Popovici, barely seventeen, has won the world title in the 100-meter freestyle at the World Cup in Budapest. In the Hungarian capital, the Romanian sensation, who was being groomed in the Antwerp Wezenbergbad, hit the prestigious number in 47.58 and with that he was six hundredths of a second faster than the Frenchman Maxime Grousset (47.64). The bronze went to Canadian Joshua Liendo Edwards (47.71). Only side note: Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel and Olympic vice champion Kyle Chambers did not start. Last summer, Popovici narrowly missed the medals at the Games in Tokyo.

It was his second gold in Budapest: on Monday he became world champion in the 200m freestyle. With a chrono of 1:43.21 he also set a new world record for the juniors. In the 100m he did that finely in the semi-finals, when he put 47.13 on the tables.

With his seventeen years, Popovici was not the youngest world champion at this World Cup. In the women’s 200m butterfly, the gold went to fifteen-year-old Summer McIntosh. The Canadian set a time of 2:05.020 and was therefore faster than the American Hali Flickinger (2:06.08) and the Chinese Yufei Zhang (2:06.32). On Saturday, McIntosh, who will be celebrating her sixteenth birthday in August, took silver in the 400m freestyle, behind the still unapproachable Katie Ledecky.

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Louis Croenen cannot qualify for the semi-finals at 200 meters

On the third day of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Louis Croenen was unable to qualify for the semi-finals in the 200-meter butterfly. Croenen clocked 1:57.63 in the fourth of five heats, good for the twentieth total time. The Hungarian Kristof Milak signed for the top chrono (1:54.10) in the series. Only the sixteen fastest swimmers conquered a place in the semi-finals, which are on the agenda on Monday in the evening program. The final will follow in the evening program on Tuesday.

28-year-old Croenen has a personal best time of 01:55.39 in the 200-meter butterfly, also the national record since the 2015 World Cup in Kazan. He will compete in the 100m butterfly in Budapest.

Louis Croenen.

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Valentine Dumont just misses place in the 200-meter freestyle semi-finals

Valentine Dumont also just failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the 200-meter freestyle among the women. Dumont clocked 1:58.86 in the third of five heats, good for the seventeenth overall time. Sour for our compatriot, because the sixteen fastest swimmers conquered a place in the semifinals, which are on the agenda on Monday in the evening program. The final will follow in the evening program on Tuesday. Dumont is the first reserve for the semifinals.

The Chinese Yang Junxuan signed in the series for the top chrono (1:56.58). The 21-year-old Dumont has a personal best time of 01:57.98 in the 200-meter freestyle, a chrono that also forms the Belgian record since May last year and the European Championship in Budapest.

Dumont is still in action in the 100-meter freestyle in the Hungarian capital, where she also sets the national top time (54.90). On Saturday she finished twentieth in the 400-meter freestyle, in which she did not get past the heats.

Valentine Dumont.

Valentine Dumont. © BELGA

Valentine Dumont grabs next to final spot in 400 meters freestyle

Valentine Dumont was unable to qualify for the 400m freestyle final on the first day of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest. In the strong fourth of four heats, Dumont clocked 4:13.33, good for the twentieth total time in the series. The American world record holder Katie Ledecky (WR: 03:56.46) set the top chrono in the series (3:59.79). Only the eight fastest swimmers (over all heats) won a ticket for the final, which is scheduled for later in the evening program (start from 6 pm).

The 21-year-old Dumont has a personal best time of 04:09.41 in the 400-meter freestyle, a chrono that has also been the Belgian record since August 2020. She will also compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle in Budapest. Florine Gaspard takes part in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in the Hungarian capital. In the 50 meters she will be joined by Fleur Vermeiren. Louis Croenen dives into the pool in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly. Logan Vanhuys takes action in the 10 kilometers open water swimming.

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