The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha began with Nicolo Martinenghi heading the first seeded heat in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 26.75. Nic Fink and Adam Peaty were side by side in lanes four and five of the fifth prelim. Fink had a fantastic start and soon had a half bodylength lead, with clear water between him and Peaty.
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.
The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha saw Nic Fink return after winning 100 breast gold to head the 50 field. This event marked an unpredictable and unique competition in Doha as athletes from different countries and backgrounds came together to showcase their skills and talent on a global stage.