Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri reacts after winning the men's 1500m freestyle final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won the 1,500 freestyle at the world swimming championships Sunday night in a race that surprisingly went off without two-time defending champion Sun Yang of China.Sun was back at the biggest meet before next year's Olympics after serving a doping suspension last year.He won the 400 and 800 freestyles in Kazan and was a strong favorite in the 1,500, which he won at the London Olympics. Sun finished second in the 200 freestyle.Paltrinieri took the lead from Ryan Cochrane of Canada at 500 meters and controlled the pace the rest of the way, touching in 14 minutes, 39.67 seconds. Sun's absence threw off the Italian's race strategy.Connor Jaeger of the United States finished second in 14:41.20 .Maya DiRado of the United States finished second.Bronte Campbell of Australia won the 50 freestyle to go with her title in the 100 freestyle.
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