After David Popovici Broke the 100-Meter Freestyle World Record, Here’s How Michael Phelps Performed at That Age

David Popovici, the newly minted world-record holder in the 100 freestyle, is a generational talent who begs comparisons to legends. Do you know how Phelps performed at that age?

Michael Phelps the youngest world-record holder

At the 2001 U.S. spring nationals,  Michael Phelps became at age 15 the youngest world-record holder in men’s swimming when he posted 1 min 54.92 sec in the 200-meter butterfly.

Phelps claimed five medals 


Phelps claimed five medals at the 2002 Pan Pacific championships, including three gold (200-metre and 400-metre individual medley [IM] and 4 × 100-metre medley relay). At the U.S. spring nationals in 2003, he became the first male swimmer to claim titles in three different strokes at a single national championship.

Phelps’s retirement was short-lived

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Phelps’s retirement was short-lived, as he announced his return to competitive swimming in April 2014.

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