The women’s 100 breaststroke event at the World Championships in Doha saw a new face take the spotlight as Tang Qianting secured the gold medal with a time of 1:05.27, half a second ahead of the rest of the field. This marked her first long-course internationals medal, having previously won the 100 breast at the World Short-Course Championships in 2021. She was closely followed by Tes Schouten of the Netherlands, who took home the silver medal and Siobhan Haughey with the bronze.
The race was notable for the absence of several seasoned swimmers from last year’s finals, such as Meilutyte and Jacoby, who did not compete in Doha. The event was not slower than previous years, as demonstrated by the competitive times of the swimmers, with Schouten and Haughey both recording times faster than those achieved by Schoenmaker and Jacoby the previous year.
For Haughey, who added a bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke to her collection, this is only her second career Worlds medal, having won silver in the 100 free in Fukuoka. The only returning swimmer from the previous year’s final was Mona McSharry of Ireland, who finished in fourth place, failing to make it to the medal positions.