(L-R) Nic Fink, Hunter Armstrong, Torri Huske and Claire Curzan pose with their medals during the medal ceremony for the mixed 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2022 FINA World Championships on June 21, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.
Fink and Finke delivered gold Tuesday.
Nic Fink, a 2020 Olympian, claimed the first two world titles of his career while Bobby Finke, a two-time Olympic champion in Tokyo, won his first Tuesday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Their performances highlighted a day in which the U.S. won four medals, including a gold medal in the mixed 4x100-meter medley relay from which seven-time Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel withdrew, citing a medical decision.
Finke, who charged from behind to win a pair of freestyle distance gold medals in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, pulled out another dramatic finish in the men’s 800-meter freestyle final.
Entering the final 50 meters in fourth place, Finke blasted through the water in the final stretch and overtook all three swimmers that had been in front of him. His win in 7 minutes, 39.36 seconds broke the American record that he had set in Tokyo. Fink covered the last 50 meters in 25.93 seconds, more than a full second faster than any other 50 meters during the race.
“It’s only like 26 seconds of pain,” Finke said in a post-event interview with NBC Sports.
Finke, 22, overtook Germany’s Florian Wellbrock, Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine and Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy in Tokyo for a gold medal victory. Tuesday, virtually the same thing happened except Wellbrock and Paltrinieri switched places, as Wellbrock finished second and Paltrinieri was fourth.
The win was Finke’s first in the world championships and his third straight in a major international meet after he won gold medals in the 800 and 1,500 in Tokyo. The 1,500 is coming up Saturday on the last day of swimming finals in Budapest.
“This whole past season is pretty successful,” the Clearwater, Florida, native said. “Coming off of Tokyo and just my expectations for myself, this one means a little bit more.”
Fink won his first world title in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke, leading a 1-3 American finish in the event. Fink won in a time of 26.45 seconds, beating Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi to the wall by three-hundredths of a second. Fellow American Michael Andrew won his second bronze medal of the week, placing third in the 50 breast in 26.72 seconds.