With nine gold and four silver medals, the Romanian swimming team placed third overall in the medal rankings at the European Swimming Championships in Bucharest.
David Popovici, who finished with a total of five medals, was chosen as the best competitor. Vlad Stancu, a Romanian athlete, won two gold and two silver medals at this competition for a total of four prizes.
At the EC swimming for juniors from Bucharest, the Romanian delegation brought home nine medals: five gold in the men’s relay 4100 m freestyle (David Popovici, Vlad Stancu, Stefan Cozma, and Patrick Sebastian Dinu); David Popovici in the 200 m, 50 m, and 100 m freestyle; Vlad Stefan Stancu at the 1,500 m freestyle; and four silver in the mixed relay 4×100.
According to Valahia News, Mary Ambree Moluh (France) and David Popovici (Romania) were named the top athletes at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Otopeni based on a score based on the greatest performances throughout the competition. David Popovici came in first place with 951 points, followed by Lorenzo Galossi of Italy and Ksawery Masiuk of Poland (897). The Romanian champion, who had already won the senior 100 m and 200 m world titles in Budapest two weeks earlier, won five medals at Otopeni, including four golds in the 50 m, 100 m, 200 m, and the 4 x 100 m freestyle relay, along with a silver in the latter competition.
Thanks to the young Romanian athletes’ outstanding accomplishments at international competitions, Romania has recently become a sensation in the world of swimming. These competitors put up a lot of effort to compete, and it paid off. Although Romania’s sports scene enjoyed a golden age, sadly, no money was spent on it. Numerous Romanian athletes lack funding for competitions as well as a place to train. Since Romanian athletes have a lot of potential and motivation, hopefully this situation will change.