The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha began with Nic Fink headlining the 50m breaststroke, despite winning 100 breast gold on the previous day. Fink led the way into the semifinals with a time of 26.66, leaving Caspar Corbeau (27.11) and Adam Peaty (27.23) in his wake. Ilya Shymanovich, competing as a Neutral Individual Athlete, matched Fink’s time to lead the race into the next round.
Fink’s performance during prelims was slower than his first 50 in the 100 final, but he still managed to finish first and secure a spot in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Sam Williamson and Peter Stevens also made it through with impressive times of 26.69 and 26.79 respectively. Peaty finished last in his heat with a time of 27:38 and qualified for the semis as 12th overall.
The third day of prelims at the World Championships saw an unpredictable and unique competition in Doha as swimmers from different countries came together to battle for glory in this event.