The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha began with Nic Fink, the defending 100 breaststroke champion, leading the first seeded heat in the 50m breaststroke. He had a time of 26.75, setting a high standard for the event. Adam Peaty and Ilya Shymanovich, both strong competitors in their own right, were next in lanes four and five respectively.
Fink and Peaty swam side by side for much of the race, with Fink having a fantastic start and quickly building a half-bodylength lead. However, Peaty soon closed the gap and finished just behind Fink in second place with a time of 27.23. Shymanovich also had an impressive performance, matching Fink’s time to lead the way into the semifinals as a Neutral Individual Athlete.
Sam Williamson finished third in that heat with a time of 26.69, while Nicolo Martinenghi came fourth with a time of 26.79. Peter Stevens rounded out the top eight swimmers in that heat with a time of 27.01.
Overall, this event marked an unpredictable and unique competition at the World Championships in Doha, as swimmers like Shymanovich and Williamson joined Fink and Peaty as they vied for spots in the semifinals.