Nic Fink, the USA athlete, won the 100m breaststroke gold at the World Championships in Doha to claim his country’s first long-course title. He had a huge start and led throughout the race, despite an attack by Adam Peaty. Fink finished in 58.57 seconds and took home his country’s first gold of the tournament.
Nicolo Martinenghi, who came from fifth at halfway, took second place with a time of 58.84 seconds. The Italian swimmer had the fastest second 50 meters of 31.41 seconds, which helped him climb up the rankings and earn his silver medal. Peaty clinched bronze with a time of 59.19 seconds as he returned to the world long-course podium for the first time since Gwangju 2019.
Fink now has a medal of each color at the last three worlds, including silver in Fukuoka last year in a three-way tie with Arno Kamminga and Martinenghi which followed bronze at Budapest 2022.