Mack Horton Calls Out Sun Yang: ‘I don’t have time for drug cheats’

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

After competing in the final heat of the men’s 400 freestyle this morning, Australian Mack Horton was quoted (referencing Sun Yang): “I don’t have time for drug cheats”.


We reported earlier in the week that Sun Yang had splashed Horton while in the warm-up pool, and this is what Horton was asked about when he made his comment. “He splashed me to say hi and I ignored him because I don’t have time for drug cheats.”

Horton and Sun both easily qualified for the final of the 400 free, with Horton finishing 2nd in the final heat in 3:43.84, qualifying 2nd overall. Sun, who won the sixth heat, qualified 4th overall in 3:44.23.

This race shapes up to be a very intriguing final tonight, with Horton and Sun set to swim side-by-side, in lanes five and six.

Conor Dwyer of the United States qualified 1st in a personal best time of 3:43.42.

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Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Philip Johnson

I hope Horton wipes the floor with him. Yang strikes me as an arrogant tool. After the videos he made targeting Park during the Asian games, I lost all respect for him.

Soo Joo Park

Actually Yang and Park are good friends in reality. http://www.koreatimesus.com/park-tae-hwan-makes-history-without-winning-gold/

Captain Ahab

Sun Yang should sue him for slander.

Respect

What for? Horton said he doesn’t like it when people who have tested positive are still competing. The guy tested positive. By definition, according to FINA and WADA, using a banned substance is cheating. So there is no slander. Just hurt feelings.

Scott Morgan

Captain Aha: he’ a CONVICTED doper. It is neither slander nor libel to call him a drug cheat. Nor is it slander to call him cheating scum, which would be my preferred description.

15441

Yup, I’m agreed that you could call Sun drug cheat forever since it is a fact. But I guess you must have lied at least once before, then it is OK that I call you a lier for the rest of your life.

Candy

Nonsense.

Iris

Sun didn’t cheat at all. That was a misunderstanding which was cleared later. He has only taken medicine for his cardio disease if you have ever made a little efforts to learn the truth before you comment.

Sally

Absolutely untrue!! He is a drug cheat by definition of his sports rules. Fact!! Only take angina meds if you have a heart condition. Could not explain how prescription drugs got into his body. Otherwise you are trying to enhance normal blood flow to myocardium to improve performance. Failed to declare any heart condition. Failed to declare using banned substance for medical use when being tested. Hence a sport doping positive test. Should have used a Therapeutic Use Exemption Form signed by medical doctor, if drug was needed. Highly unprofessional and poor admin by a world class athlete and his own support staff, if the drug really is medically required. He knew exactly what he was doing, he cheated knowingly,… Read more »

Mike

check the news, Aussie team admitted to using drugs knowingly, so I can say Horton is in a “drug cheat” team or “drug cheat” country, while Sun’s case was declared a mistake even by the swimming association. why are you sympathising with a “drug cheat” team or “drug cheat” country? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-21543642

FairJust

Exactly. Aussie team took the drugs INTENTIONALLY while Sun Yang has been taking the meds for his heart for years and didn’t realize it was suddenly banned. BIG DIFFERENCE.

Respect

You’re talking about the SLEEPING tablets they took? To make them sleep? You realize they’re not performance enhancing right? Quite the opposite.

Har

It’s banned, that’s the fact.

SwimmerFoxJet

And they can get a better night’s sleep than others? That’s not doing?

Zachary

the drug Sun Yang took was “Trimetazidine”, which is used in the treatment of Sun’s heart problems. He have beed useing this drug since he have heart problem in 2008. However, since Jan.2014, this medicine was listed as banned drugs. That’s why he failed the drug test. So, the more appropriate way to describe Sun should be “unfortunate” rather than “cheating scum”. You guys really should study more before insulting someone.

Sally

That was proven a lie. He is a drug cheat by definition of his sports rules. Fact!! Only take angina meds if you have a heart condition. Could not explain how prescription drugs got into his body. Otherwise you are trying to enhance normal blood flow to myocardium to improve performance. Failed to declare any heart condition. Failed to declare using banned substance for medical use when being tested. Hence a sport doping positive test. Should have used a Therapeutic Use Exemption Form signed by medical doctor, if drug was needed. Highly unprofessional and poor admin by a world class athlete and his own support staff, if the drug really is medically required.

FairJust

The rules and WADA discriminate between INTENTIONAL CHEATING and INADVERTENT/NON-DELIBERATE POSITIVE. They reviewed his files, documents, considered all the evidence and concluded he didn’t intentionally cheat. Sun did not know the medicine he took for years was suddenly banned in 2014. He was “caught” in the Chinese Nationals where no one can touch him and the gold medal isn’t as prestigious as Worlds or Olympics. He would not be so stupid as to risk cheating and destroy his career for Chinese Nationals when he is the WR holder! This is why they agreed with Sun’s very light ban of 3 months.

Mike

check the news, Aussie team admitted to using drugs knowingly, so I can say Horton is in a “drug cheat” team or “drug cheat” country, while Sun’s case was declared a mistake even by the swimming association. why are you sympathising with a “drug cheat” team or “drug cheat” country? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-21543642

Felix

If you know English I think you should understand what’s insomnia…This medicine only makes people sleep. I think Australian swimmers use it to treat the insomnia caused by pressures before Olympic games, that’s why the AOC bans this medicine. They don’t wanna this medicine weaken their athletes’ performance. PLEASE read the article before you wanna cite it!!!

FairJust

How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot? You don’t like your team being labeled “drug cheat”, claiming that Stilnox is for sleeping, yet you refuse to accept that Trimetazidine that Sun Yang is taking is for his heart problems. Pot, kettle.

Nick

Youre joking right?

Lauren Neidigh

Horton has never failed a drug test.

Charles

LONDON 2012 Google it up

skip

oh he means stilnox. which is only banned by the AOC by the way. and only helps someone sleep. not conducive to performance (obviously lol)

Har

Well, yeah. But they still tested positive. Rule is rule. The truth is ppl only care about the fact when they want to.

Elicia

I think the team doctor gave this to him and got punished afterward.

Gull

Trimetazidine is a drug that is used to treat angina in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Sun Yang does not have CAD and was not using it to treat a legitimate heart condition.

Lauren Neidigh

He did fail a drug test, so it isn’t false.

Elicia

You are right,he did. However, he had some problems with his heart and that’s why he used Trimetazidine, a banned drug as well as a medicine that can be used to relieve pain. And the most tricky part is that the careless Chinese team team doctor did not know about it and gave it to Sun Yang. When Sun Yang knew that he failed the drug test, he was so depressed and locked himself in his room for three days. I do feel sorry for him. “Drug cheat” is such a big title to any famous athlete that I do not think anyone can bear it. I really hope that people can get to know the truth.

Candy

I agree with you.

tea rex

If Sun Yang doesn’t like attacks on his character, he shouldn’t have used banned substances.

Alex

What he used was medicine prescribed for his heart palpitation, and it has been removed from the banned list now. He didn’t use it to promote his performance and deserves Horton’s apology.

Candy

Sunyang not doping, conscience of media has already said very clearly, don’t know the truth, don’t talk wildly, so as not to disgrace the image of the country.

Toxic Aussie In Mancity

Yeah, shouldn’t use that damn medicine and just wait for angina happen

Candy

It is not drugs, sun Yang Huanyou congenital heart disease, that is he taking drugs

Respect

There are rules which cover the use of medications by elite athletes. Fact is, there was no medical exemption form to allow their use? Why?
Such a form has allowed asthmatics to use medicine which is otherwise banned. There are always ways to play within the rules. There is more to the story.

Sally

He didn’t have angina, only heart palpitations, and his doctor was struck off for fraud.

Shin...

Wondering how you know that. Are you his doctor?

Cosmo

The way Aussie swimming team know they just use drug to help sleeping, that is how I know that.

Grace

If he used banned substances in the Olympic, his sliver would have got canceled… and he can never be back for the game.
Horton just got ignorant for winning.

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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