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Chasing the World Record: The Unpredictable Race at the 50m Breaststroke Prelims in Doha


Feb 13, 2024
Nic Fink leads in the 50 Breaststroke event.

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.

Fink had a fantastic start and soon had a half-bodylength lead, with clear water between him and Peaty. As they swam towards the finish line, Fink continued to push ahead, eventually finishing 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.

Meanwhile, 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. He led the way into the semifinals and was followed by swimmers like Ilya Shymanovich and Sam Williamson who also performed well during the prelims. This event marked an unpredictable and unique competition in Doha as swimmers from different countries came together to showcase their skills on a global stage

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