Romanian swimmer Popovici named Best Balkan Athlete of 2022

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Romanian swimmer David Popovici has been named Best Balkan Athlete of the year, according to the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) annual poll results released Wednesday. The 18-year-old Popovici won the men’s 100 and 200 freestyle world and European titles in 2022 and set a new 100 freestyle world record. Popovici also won a total of ten gold medals at the World and European Junior Championships. Serbia’s tennis star Novak Djokovic, who won this year’s Wimbledon tournament and the ATP Final, came in second. The BTA poll was conducted among the national news agencies of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey.

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