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19-Year-Old Chinese Swimmer Leads Nic Fink in 200m Breaststroke at Doha Swimming Worlds

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The 2024 World Aquatic Championships have been the source of breathtaking action for the last week, as US swimmers continue to dominate the competition. The action reached the pinnacle today in the men’s 200m breaststroke as swimming enthusiasts witnessed a scintillating competition as America’s Nic Fink raced to another medal.

Nic Fink created history for the U. S. A few days ago in the men’s 100m breaststroke finals. Continuing to shine in the later stages of his career, the 30-year-old secured another medal but lost the ultimate title to his young Chinese counterpart.

Nic Fink loses to Chinese prodigy

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Nic Fink is determined to make the most of the latter part of his career as he continues to dominate the Doha World Championships. He finished 3rd in the 200m breaststroke finals in 2:08:85 seconds, missing the first position by nearly a second. The gold medal was taken home by 19-year-old Chinese swimmer Zhihao Dong in 2:07:94 seconds while Dutch swimmer Caspar Corbeau settled with silver in 2:08:24 seconds. Nic was flawless under and over water in the initial parts, but the Chinese prodigy took no time to build a substantial lead in the last part.

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The 30-year-old defeated British icon Adam Peaty in the men’s 100m breaststroke finals to win his first-ever gold medal at the World Aquatics Championships. Nic had previously only won silver and bronze medals in the last two editions, but was seeing a resurgence in his career. He swam the 100-meter distance in 58.57 seconds while Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi clocked 58.84 to take home the silver. Peaty, who is making a comeback after 2019, clocked 59.10 seconds for the Bronze as Nic’s gold wrote history for U. S.

U. S won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke for the first time in 50 years. The history had to be written again a couple of days later than Hunter Armstrong and Claire Curzan struck gold in the men’s and women’s 100-meter breaststroke events, respectively. It marked the first occasion since 2013 when U. S swept the 100m backstroke golds. Fink, who is a world record holder in the short course 4x100m medley relay, will participate in the men’s 400m medley now, and will surely look to cap off his campaign with a gold.

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