KAZAN, Russia — Victoria's Ryan Cochrane won bronze in the 1,500-metre freestyle at the world swimming championships Sunday night in a race that went off without two-time defending champion Sun Yang of China.
Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won gold, taking the lead from Cochrane at 500 metres and controlling the pace the rest of the way to touch in 14 minutes, 39.67 seconds.
Connor Jaeger of the United States finished second in 14:41.20. Cochrane, who won bronze in the 1,500 distance at the London 2012 Olympics, was under world-record pace through 400 metres but finished in 14:51.08.
Sun didn't appear for the introductions and there was no immediate explanation for the Olympic champion's absence. Lane 3 remained empty instead of being filled by reserve Pal Joensen of the Faroe Islands.
Vancouver's Emily Overholt placed third in the women's 400 individual medley. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary made a run at the world record before falling short on the last freestyle lap. She won in 4:30.39, after being 3.81 under world-record pace after five laps.
Maya DiRado of the United States finished second.
Overholt set a new personal best to qualify for the 400 IM final. Her swim of 4:35.86 dropped more than two seconds from her previous mark and was just 0.02 short of the Canadian record held by Tanya Hunks. The 17-year-old finished 4:35.33 at last month's Pan Am Games in Toronto but the result was wiped out due to a disqualification.
Hosszu, nicknamed "Iron Lady" for her relentless event schedule, also won the 200 IM in world-record time.
Japan's Daiya Seto cruised to a 1.40-second victory for his second consecutive title in the 400 individual medley on the final night of swimming.
Seto led all the way and touched in 4:08.50 — 0.19 faster than he swam two years ago in Barcelona. Olympic champion Ryan Lochte didn't qualify in the event at the worlds, although he won the 200 IM earlier in Kazan.
David Verraszto of Hungary finished second in 4:09.90. American Chase Kalisz, second in Barcelona, was third in 4:10.05.
Bronte Campbell of Australia won the 50 freestyle to go with her title in the 100 free. She touched in 24.12.
Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands was 0.10 behind in giving up the title she won in Barcelona. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden took third in 24.31.
The Australians swept the women's sprint titles, along with the men's and women's 100-200 backstrokes.
Jennie Johansson earned a surprising win against a talented field in the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event. The Swede won in 30.05.
Alia Atkinson of Jamaica took silver for her country's second-ever medal at the worlds. Yuliya Efimova of Russia finished third, drawing the loudest cheers at Kazan Arena.
Camille Lacourt of France won the 50 backstroke, another event not part of the Olympic program. He finished in 24.23. American Matt Grevers was second and Ben Treffers of Australia third.
With files from The Canadian Press
The Associated Press