The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha began with Nicolo Martinenghi leading the first seeded heat in the 50m breaststroke, with a time of 26.75. Ilya Shymanovich, competing as a Neutral Individual Athlete, matched Martinenghi’s time in the final prelim to lead the way into the semis.
Nic Fink and Adam Peaty 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, with clear water between him and Peaty. 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. Sam Williamson (26.69) was also among the fastest through, followed by Peter Stevens (26.79).
The competition marked an unpredictable and unique event at the World Championships in Doha, as swimmers like Ilya Shymanovich and Sam Williamson performed well during the prelims alongside Nic Fink, who led the way into the semifinals after winning 100 breast gold earlier in the meet.