- Constantin Popovici
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In the right place at the right time – everything fell into place for Constantin Popovici last August when he followed the World Series to Copenhagen, Denmark, for a good training opportunity from 27m. When he was given Michal Navratil's spot there was no holding back for the Olympic diver. He seized his chance to finish his first ever appearance on a strong 7th place, was awarded an invitation for Mostar and at the Marmeeting in Italy he won a wildcard for the season finale, where he finished on a sensational 5th place.
These strong performances coupled with a second-place finish behind World Series champion Gary Hunt in Abu Dhabi, earned the 30-year-old his ticket to become the first Romanian to qualify as permanent diver.
"Being part of the World Series means a big step in my diving career. After 20+ years of diving I feel like this is the time to step up to the next level."
Popovici, a former Olympic diver, will also continue his quest to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in regular diving while simultaneously targeting glory from the 27m platform this summer.
• 2018 - 2nd FINA High Diving World Cup
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series ranking
2018 - 11th overall (wildcard)