Nic Fink of the USA won the 100m breaststroke gold at the World Championships in Doha, adding to his short-course crown. He had a strong start and was ahead throughout the race, despite a challenge from Adam Peaty. In the end, Fink claimed victory in 58.57 seconds and earned his country’s first gold medal of the championships.
Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy came from fifth place at halfway to take second place in 58.84 seconds. He set the fastest second 50 meters with a time of 31.41 seconds, which helped him close the gap between himself and Fink. Peaty finished third and earned bronze with a time of 59.19 seconds.
Fink now has a medal of each color at the last three World Championships. In Fukuoka last year, he finished in a three-way tie for silver with Arno Kamminga and Martinenghi, following up on his bronze medal win at Budapest in 2022.
Splits: 26.98/31.59: Fink (first place) – 27.53/31.41: Martinenghi (second place) – 27.08/32