The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha began with Nicolo Martinenghi heading the first seeded heat in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 26.75. This was followed by Nic Fink and Adam Peaty, who 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 over Peaty, with clear water between them.
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 swiftest 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, as Fink led the way into the semifinals and was followed closely by swimmers like Ilya Shymanovich and Sam Williamson who also performed well during the prelims.