Gabriele Detti of Italy celebrates after winning the race. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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Chinese superstar Sun Yang and American sensation Katie Ledecky suffered surprise defeats at the world championship Wednesday while the U.S. twice broke the mixed medley relay world record.Italy's Gabriele Detti was the surprise winner of the men's 800-meter freestyle – the event Sun had dominated for the last three world championships – as the 25-year-old Chinese flopped and trailed home in fifth.Sun, a winner in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle already in Budapest, produced an uncharacteristically poor performance and was never in contention as he finished 8.10 seconds off Detti's winning time of 7:40.77 .Ledecky, a gold medalist in the 400 meters, 1500 meters and 4x100-meter freestyle in Hungary, was forced into a share of second place, but vowed that losing will motivate her for years.
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