World Championships, Day Three Finals: Nic Fink Leads All The Way To Claim Second Melbourne Gold In 100 Breaststroke

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BASKING IN THE GLORY: US Gold medallist Nic Fink (centre) flanked by silver winner Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) and bonze medallist Adam Peaty (GBR) on night 3 of World Short Course Championships. Photo Courtesy: Photo Courtesy: World Aquatics

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World Championships, Day Three Finals: Nic Fink Leads All The Way To Claim Second Melbourne Gold In 100 Breaststroke

American Nic Fink came to Melbourne with unfinished business and he delivered in spades tonight – leading from start to finish to win the 100m breaststroke world title – the one gold he missed out in last year’s World Titles in Abu Dhabi.

The 29-year-old clocked 55.88 to hold off reigning World Long Course and European champion Nicolo Martinenghi (Italy) in 56.07 with two time Olympic and three time World LC champion Adam Peaty (Great Britain) taking bronze in 56.25.

The elusive Short Course gold again eluding the world’s foremost sprint breaststroker of the modern era.

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It was Fink’s second gold of the meet so far, after joining Ryan Murphy, Kate Douglas and Torri Huske in the world record breaking US Mixed Medley Relay gold medal team.

“It means a lot,” Fink said of his title. “I was able to get the other two last year and completing the set – as (the announcer) was saying – is kind of fun and it’s giving me confidence to defend the next two.”

After coming back from ankle surgery, Peaty admitted he was disappointed, but said: “I’m not going to allow myself to be. It is what it is and I am what I am.

“I feel pure anger which is very dangerous. I am loving it. I have come back from hell really. I had a lot of personal things that I had to take care of.

“I have been putting in a lot of hard work but they just out-skilled me tonight.”

Peaty said he was looking forward to a long course season after this week.

“I am looking forward to a challenge and this is the high that I need,” said Peaty.

“If you don’t give 110 percent to this sport it will take 110 percent out of you and you will lose.

“I had to make some very tough personal choices.

“I need to make sure that the next 18 months has to start with the foundation of enjoyment.

“You can’t do anything without the enjoyment.

“I am looking forward to the Paris (Olympic) cycle; being back and swimming in front of these crowds. This is why I danced a little bit.”

Pointing out that he doesn’t get bronze very often.

“That will be a weird one for Wikipedia,” said Peaty.

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1 year ago

No end to the Peaty arrogance.

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