World Championships: Nic Fink Wins 50m Breaststroke In National Record Ahead Of Martinenghi; Andrew Makes It A USA 1-3

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Nic Fink won the men’s 50m breaststroke by 0.03secs from Nicolo Martinenghi in a new American record of 26.45.

Fink was third in the 100m breaststroke which was won by Martinenghi and he held off the Italian to take gold and slice 0.07 from the previous national record of 26.52 set by Michael Andrew in April.

The Italian was second in 26.48 with Andrew in third in 26.72 to make it an American one-three.

Fink said:

“I didn’t see anything over the last five metres, it was a kind of blackout and I took a stroke and finished the race.”

Andrew had mixed feelings, saying:

“I wouldn’t say I’m so pleased. Obviously, I’m happy that my team-mate won the gold but my goal is always winning.

“I don’t give up here, I have two more events so I need to be on top in the following days.”


  1. Nic Fink (USA); 26.45
  2. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA); 26.48
  3. Michael Andrew (USA); 26.72
  4. Bernhard Reitshammer (AUT); 26.94
  5. Simone Cerasuolo (ITA); 26.98
  6. Lucas Matzerath (GER); 27.10
  7. Yan Zibei (CHN); 27.18
  8. Felipe Franca da Silva (BRA); 27.42