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. Nic Fink and Adam Peaty were side by side in lanes four and five of the fifth prelim, both vying for a spot in the semifinals.
Fink had a fantastic start and soon had a half bodylength lead over Peaty, with clear water between them as they swam towards the finish. In the end, Fink finished first in 26.66 ahead of Caspar Corbeau (27.11) and Peaty (27.23). This was slower than his first 50 in the 100 final, but he was still pleased with his performance.
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 after a close race with Fink and Corbeau.
The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha saw Nic Fink return after winning gold in the 100 breaststroke to head up the 50 field once again. He led from start to finish and was followed closely by Ilya Shymanovich and Sam Williamson, who also performed well during these preliminary races. This event marked an unpredictable and unique competition among these talented swimmers from around the world.