Worlds – 100m freestyle: Maxime Grousset beaten by David Popovici

It came to nothing. At the touch. A few seconds before seeing Analia Pigrée win bronze in the 50m backstroke, Maxime Grousset did not go far from the first tricolor world title in the 100m freestyle on Wednesday in the Budapest basin. The New Caledonian (47”64) failed in second place, behind the prodigy David Popovici (47”58). But what a second place. At 23, he won his first individual world medal. And sets a date for the future and Paris 2024, like Popovici who confirmed his status as a phenomenon.

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In the absence of Caeleb Dressel – the superstar of world swimming who was forced to forfeit the rest of the Worlds – Maxime Grousset played his luck thoroughly. Very well started, he took the lead of the race from the first meters. And at 75 meters, he was still in front before seeing David Popovici tearing himself away to get this historic title. Gold escaped him by nothing (47”58 against 47”64 at Grousset). A little frustration? Not really.

I procrastinate but I shouldn’t have

Revealed by his 4th place at the Tokyo Olympics last year in the 100 meters, Maxime Grousset has confirmed his constant progress. Better, he made his place on the international scene on the queen distance in Hungary. “I’m really happy to be vice-world champion, to have represented France so welllaunched the protege of Michel Chrétien at the microphone of France 4 before being picky, as a symbol of his ambition.

Dressel in record mode and Grousset surprising 4th: The 100m did not disappoint

There are little things that I failed to put in place. There is a moment when I slow down a little bit, I temper but I shouldn’t have, I should have regained the lead, led from start to finish and won this race. But that’s the experience, I’m vice-world champion today and I’m very happy. I can’t be disappointed, I’m really too cowait.”

History Popovici

Maxime Grousset now knows that he can go all the way in an appointment of this dimension, even if the absences were legion this Wednesday (Caeleb Dressel, Kyle Chalmers Kliment Kolesnikov, Vladimir Grinev…). As he hoped, these Worlds in Hungary can be an important step in his progress. And two years from the Paris Games, it’s ideal.

On the banks of the Danube, however, another swimmer made an impression: David Popovici. By beating Grousset, the 17-year-old Romanian gleaned his second title at these worlds, the second medal for Romania. He sent a new message by confirming his status as a prodigy in a beautiful way by becoming the first since 1973 to achieve the 100-200 double. Yes, it combines the future with the present. And we will have to rely on him for many years.

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