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The Unexpected Battle for 50m Breaststroke Gold: Nic Fink vs. Ilya Shymanovich at the World Championships 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 heading the first seeded heat in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 26.75. Martinenghi was closely followed by Adam Peaty and Nic Fink, who were side by side in lanes four and five.

Fink had a fantastic start and soon had a half bodylength lead, with clear water between him and Peaty. As they approached the finish, Fink maintained his lead, finishing first in 26.66 ahead of Caspar Corbeau (27.11) and Peaty (27.23). However, Fink’s time was slower than his first 50 in the 100 final, indicating that he may not be at his best this week.

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. Despite being one of the slower qualifiers, Peaty is still a strong contender for gold in this event as he has proven himself to be one of the fastest breaststrokers in recent years.

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. Fink 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 it is rare to see such strong competition from both European and Asian swimmers who are known for their skillful performances in different styles.

In conclusion, The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha saw some intense competition among some of the world’s best breaststroke swimmers including Nic Fink who led his heat with a time of 26.75 but finished behind Ilya Shymanovich who matched his time despite being one of the slower qualifiers but still has a chance to win gold medal if he performs better on finals stage .

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