The swimming prodigy born after Michael Phelps’ first Olympic appearance catches his eye with a remarkable feat

Swimming GOAT Michael Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian in all his 25 years of competitive swimming. He took part in his first Olympics in 2000, the Sydney Summer Games, at 15 but finished off the podium.

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Motivated by the loss, Phelps went six years without taking a single day off from training and began his journey to collect 28 Olympic medals, including 23 gold. The new generation of swimmers seem equally motivated to start progressing at a rapid pace.

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Michael Phelps congratulates 17-year-old on world record

Romanian David Popovici won the men’s 100m freestyle at the European Championships in Rome. The 17-year-old set a world record of 46.86 seconds, beating Brazilian Cesar Cielo’s 13-year-old mark of 46.91 seconds from the 2009 World Championship. Europe, Popovici has regularly records broken.

In the preliminaries, he set a championship record and doubled in the semi-finals, and broke the European record. He became the fourth man to swim the 100 meters in less than 47 seconds. Seeing this incredible feat by a young swimmer, swimming legend Michael Phelps took to Instagram to congratulate him.

In his storyhe shared the above post and wrote, “😳 It’s fast!!! Congratulations @chlorinedaddy 👏👏👏.” The 37-year-old retired swimmer broke his first world record at the 2001 world championship trials in the 200-metre butterfly. He became, at 15 years and 9 months, the youngest man to have set a swimming world record.

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Popovici, born in 2004, is rapidly rising through the ranks to become a swimming sensation. He won world titles in his two flagship events, the 100m and 200m freestyle, at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships. At 16, he was the youngest member of the Romanian Olympic team for Tokyo.

Phelps swimming records

Olympic legend Michael Phelps holds the oldest swimming record in the world in the books, his 4 × 100 meter individual medley time from 2008. He is also a former long course world record holder in the 200 m freestyle, 100 m butterfly , the 200 m butterfly and the 200 m individual medley.

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Accounts of Phelps’ record performances are just as amazing as the times he set. Throughout his career, Michael Phelps set 39 world records, including 29 in individual events. That’s more than any other swimmer in history. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he won 8 gold medals, the most ever by an athlete in a single event, and he won 7 in breaking records.

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Curiously, all the records for this crushing feat belong to long-course competitions. Phelps happens to be the only swimmer on a list of top swimmers with the most unset records in short course competitions.

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