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12 inspiring shots of aquatic athletes

July 31, 2013, 1 p.m.
Dimitry Prosvirnin and Dmitry Sorokin of Azerbaijan swim to the surface of the pool

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Underwater excellence

The 15th FINA World Championships are going swimmingly in Barcelona, Spain this week, and there's an abundance of stunning photography to show for it.

The biennial sporting event, which concludes Aug. 4, consists of two weeks of competitive swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. Many of the world's top aquatic athletes are competing to defend their titles, including U.S. swimming superstars Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin.

In this photo, Dimitry Prosvirnin and Dmitry Sorokin of Azerbaijan ascend to the surface of the pool after competing in the Men's 3m Synchro Springboard Diving preliminary round on July 23. (Text: Catie Leary)