On the third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha, Nicolo Martinenghi and Nic Fink were among the top swimmers in the 50m breaststroke. Martinenghi was the first seeded heat leader with a time of 26.75, while Fink and Adam Peaty were side by side in lanes four and five.
Fink had a great start and quickly established a half-bodylength lead over Peaty, with clear water between them. However, 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 fastest through, with Peaty qualifying 12th.
The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha saw Nic Fink return after winning gold in the 100 breaststroke to head the 50 field once again. This event marked an unpredictable and unique competition in Doha as swimmers like Ilya Shymanovich and Sam Williamson also performed well during prelims.