World Championships, Day 4 Finals: Qin Haiyang Adds 50 Breaststroke Gold To 100 Title

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World Championships, Day 4 Finals: Qin Haiyang Adds 50 Breaststroke Gold To 100 Title

Qin Haiyang added the 50 breaststroke gold to his 100 title in 26.29 at the World Championships in Fukuoka.

Defending champion Nic Fink took silver in 26.59 after finishing in a three-way tie for second in the 100 with Arno Kamminga and Nicolo Martinenghi.

Sun Jiajun made it a Chinese 1-3 in 26.79.

Qin came into the one-length event two days after going second all-time in the 100 breaststroke with a 57.69 Asian record en-route to gold.

Coming into Fukuoka with a 50 entry time of 26.63, Qin set Asian records of 26.34 in the prelims and 26.20 in the semis, the seventh-fastest in history behind Peaty’s top six, headed by his 25.95 WR from the 2017 World Championships.

The Briton isn’t at the World Championships as he continues to focus on his mental health recovery.

Following the race, Qin was asked by the poolside interviewer whether he’d been after Peaty’s world record and he said:

“Yes, that’s always my dream.

“It is so much amazing.”

He went on to swim an eye-watering 57.31 split as China won the mixed medley relay.

Fink – who was third with the USA in the relay – said:

“I’m very happy with it. My timing was not great, and I think tonight I was definitely a lot more focused on Team USA’.

“So I didn’t really know what to expect going into that final.

“Everything kind of clicked, and I got silver, and I was very happy with that.”

Teammate Sun added:

“I feel very happy because this is my first time to stand in a world class competition and as a medallist.”

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