The 2024 World Championships in Doha are just around the corner, and excitement is building for the lighter prelims session on the third day. There are only four individual events scheduled for this session, including the Men’s 50 breast, Women’s 200 free, Men’s 200 fly, and Men’s 800 free.
Nic Fink, who won gold in the 100 breast last year, will be competing in the 50 breaststroke event with a goal of reclaiming his title from 2022. Qin Haiyang, who finished second in this event last summer, will not be present. Adam Peaty, who holds the world record and finished third in the 100 breaststroke, is expected to compete against Nicolo Martinenghi, who has the second-fastest season best.
Siobhan Haughey is considered the favorite in the women’s 200 freestyle event with a season-best time of 1:54.08. While she has competition from other contenders in this event since her podiummates from last year are not participating again. In addition to Siobhan Haughey’s formidable competition comes from swimmers like Li Jingwei and Yang Yunqi of China or Maddie Mead of Australia who have shown impressive performances lately.
The men’s 200 fly event features two returning World Championship medalists: Krzysztof Chmielewski of Poland and Tomoru Honda from Japan. It’s unclear which one will emerge as the favorite as Chmielewski hasn’t had much long course racing experience recently and Honda may be focusing on Japan’s upcoming Olympic Trials instead of competing at full strength here at World Championships.
In terms of favorites for men’s 800 freestyle event it seems that defending champion Ahmed Hafnaoui will be taking home another gold medal as he is seeded first by over two seconds ahead of other competitors . Despite being favored in this race as well as in the men’s