The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha began with Nicolo Martinenghi leading the first seeded heat in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 26.75. Fink was joined by Adam Peaty and Nic, both of whom had strong performances throughout the prelims.
Fink had a fantastic start and quickly built a half-bodylength lead over Peaty, with clear water between them as they raced to the finish line. In the end, Fink finished first in 26.66 ahead of Caspar Corbeau (27.11) and Peaty (27.23), which was slower than his first 50 in the 100 final.
Ilya Shymanovich, competing as a Neutral Individual Athlete, matched Fink’s time in the final prelim to lead the way into the semis. Sam Williamson (26.69), Martinenghi, and Peter Stevens (26.79) were next swiftest through, with Peaty qualifying 12th.
This event marked an unpredictable and unique competition in Doha, with many swimmers performing well despite challenging conditions. The final races will be highly anticipated as competitors vie for gold medals on the world stage.