Hungary's Katinka Hosszu competes in the final of the women's 200m individual medley swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU
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The world swimming championships will usher in a new era following the retirement of American great Michael Phelps when eight days of racing commence at Budapest's Duna Arena Sunday.This will be the first global meeting since 1998 without either Phelps, holder of 23 Olympic gold medals and 26 world titles, or compatriot and six-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte who is ineligible to compete after a 10-month ban.Although Phelps missed the 2013 and 2015 championships, it is his farewell after his final competitive race at the Rio Olympics that still resonates. Unbeaten at world championships, the American's freestyle brilliance is set to continue in the Hungarian capital as she aims for a hat-trick of individual world titles in the 400, 800 and 1,500 .
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