Aleksandr Popov predicts great future for VDH
When swim legend Aleksandr Popov was asked recently if anyone could ever equal his list of awards, he made some bold statements. Popov didn’t expect any Russian swimmer to follow in his footsteps, but he also doubts that Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps could stay at the top for so long.
"I expect a group of leaders. That would be the best thing for the sport." The only swimmer he reckons would be able to equal his success, is Van den Hoogenband. "Pieter is a great swimmer, but also a great person. His technique is impeccable, eventhough you can’t compare him to me. But if he continues like he’s doing now, he has a long career still ahead of him. I really think he could be more successful than I ever was."