Sun Yang of China competes in the men's 1500m freestyle heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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China's Sun Yang, showing the first signs of fatigue after an exhausting schedule, stayed on course to win his third gold medal at the world championships when he cruised into the final of the 1,500 meters freestyle.Sun, who has already won gold in the 400m and 800m, had no problems qualifying for Sunday's final, despite swimming well below his best.Sun posted a time of 14 minutes 55.11 seconds, more than 23 seconds outside the world record he set at the 2012 London Olympics,Meilutyte lost her 100m breaststroke title on Tuesday to Russia's Yuliya Efimova, who was returning to competition five months after completing a 16-month ban for taking steroids.In the men's 50m backstroke, Camille Lacourt of France touched in 24.56 seconds to secure a semi-final berth, recording the fastest time in qualifying.
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