On the third day of the 2024 World Championships in Doha, a lighter prelims session will be held with only four individual events. These events include the men’s 50 breast, women’s 200 free, men’s 200 fly, and men’s 800 free.
Nic Fink, who secured gold in the 100 breast event, will be back in action for the 50 breaststroke event. Fink will be vying to reclaim his title from 2022 after finishing second in this event last summer. World Record holder Adam Peaty, who finished third in the 100 breast event, comes into this event with the second-fastest season best behind Nicolo Martinenghi.
In the women’s 200 freestyle event, Siobhan Haughey is the favorite with a season-best time of 1:54.08. Haughey’s biggest competition may come from last year’s podium finishers, who are missing in this year’s event.
Krzysztof Chmielewski of Poland and Tomoru Honda from Japan are returning World Championship medalists and will compete in the men’s 200 fly event. It is difficult to point to either one as the favorite as Chmielewski has been training in the United States and Honda may be focusing on Japan’s upcoming Olympic Trials.
Ahmed Hafnaoui, the defending champion, will be competing in the men’s 800 free as the top seeded swimmer by over two seconds. Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen, who finished fourth place in this event last summer, is another swimmer to keep an eye on as he looks to improve on his performance from last year.