Sun Yang* was a no show at his blocks – according to Chinese media reports, the defending champion said he was experiencing “physical discomfort” in warm-up. It was so close to call to call room that there was no time to make sure his lane could be filled, the reports suggest. The title would pass. And so it did, Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) became the first Italian in history to claim 1500m gold – and he did it in European-record time of 14:39.67. Chasing him home to silver was Connor Jaeger, of the USA, in 14:41.20, the bronze for Ryan Cochrane (CAN) in 14:51.08 following three silvers in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
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