Pellegrini and Phelps defend world titles in Shanghai

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Pellegrini and Phelps defend world titles in Shanghai

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Federica Pellegrini defended her 200 metres freestyle title at the world championships in Shanghai on Wednesday adding that title to the 400 metres crown she won on Sunday.

With the victory the Olympic champion became the first women to complete a world double for a second time with the first coming two years ago in Rome.

The 22-year-old Italian was third after the final turn before surging to the line to win ahead of Australia’s Kylie Palmer and Camille Muffat of France

Brazilian Felipe Franca Da Silva took top honours in the men’s 50 metres breaststroke. Da Silva clocked a winning time of 27.01 seconds to win his first major gold.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli claimed silver while world record holder Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa won bronze.

American swimming super star Micheal Phelps made up for a near miss in the 200 metres freestyle the day before to win gold in the butterfly over the same distance.

The multiple Olympic gold medallist, and defending champion won in a time of one minute 53.34 seconds. It was his 23rd world title.

China’s Sun Yang thrilled the home crowds by winning the 800 metres freestyle.

Sun took an early lead which he was never to relinquish as he powered to victory in 7 minutes and 38.57 seconds. Canada’s Ryan Cochrane took silver while Gergo Kis of Hungary rounded off the podium.