One Year Later, Duncan Scott Reflects On His Sun Yang Handshake Snub In Gwangju

Among the highlights at the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju were World Records by Hungary’s Kristof Milak, Russia’s Anton Chupkov, American Caeleb Dressel, and the United States’ Regan Smith, as well as the Australian women’s 4x200m freestyle relay, United States’ women’s 4x100m medley relay, and the United States’ mixed 4x100m freestyle relay.

However, among the stellar performances from the best athletes around the world, a black cloud hung in the air concerning competitor Sun Yang of China. At the time of this competition last July, the winner of the 200m and 400m freestyle events in Gwangju was facing an upcoming Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency’s appeal case against FINA’s decision not to sanction Sun Yang over his blood vial-smashing incident in September of 2018.

Expressing their disappointment with the fact that Sun Yang was competing, Australian Mack Horton, who took silver in the 400m free refused to stand on the podium with Sun Yang during the medal ceremony.  Although Briton Duncan Scott, who finished with the 200m free bronze, did step onto the podium, he refused to shake Sun Yang‘s hand post-ceremony and also opted out of group pictures with the medalists.

In February of 2020, Sun Yang was handed an 8-year ban by CAS, effectively ending the 28-year-old’s Olympic career.

Reflecting on the situation a year after snubbing Sun Yang‘s handshake and months after the announcement of Sun Yang‘s ban, 23-year-old Scott told BBC that he ‘backs the decision that has been made’ against the Chinese megastar.

Going back to Gwangju, Scott said, “Me not shaking his hand was nothing against him personally, it’s about a stance towards clean sport.

“The ban that he’s got is deserved and I think this is a step in the right direction towards clean sport.”

At the University of Stirling, Scott has gotten back in the water as of early July, with a renewed vigor towards the postponed Olympic Games set for Tokyo, Japan next year.

“I’m going to keep the same targets I had last year. I know what I want to do and I know what I need to do to try and get there.”

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Horton and Scott made asses of themselves.


I disagree. They stood up for what is right. Clean sport = racing fair and free and any enhancing drugs.


How lol sun yangs the cheater not them

Big dog swims

Is this sun yangs swimswam account?


Horton would have made a more powerful statement by beating him and now he’s dealing with constant harassment as a result.


I’m surprised he hasn’t turned off his Instagram comments. To this day Sun’s fans blow up every one of Mack’s posts. It’s wonderful.

He Said What?

What is your true name?


Forget about his true name, he has the goods on Longhorn.


Just waiting for the right time

Old Man Chalmers

horton beat him in rio. and he got harassed way


Ah, shades of last year when a bunch of Chinese bots swarmed the Swim Swam comments section on orders from the central party to defend the cheater Sun Yang.


Right, the Chinese bots 🙂

Aussie Crawl

A scorned Chinese swimming fan.


I just want to say,Duncan is really friendly to his Chinese fans,please stop your racial discrimination


#FreeSunYang stop White male chauvinist systemic racism in this dirty sport!!!


Is the hashtag trending yet 🙂


Stop smashing blood vials!


Ho Ho HO – He was found guilty – he has to pay for it like anyone else caught doping .


I just want to say,Duncan is really friendly to his Chinese fans,please stop your racial discrimination.


A true sportsperson demonstrates class even in the face of adversity or disparaging actions of others.

Old Man Chalmers

Sun yang cried like a child getting his toys taken away when he was finally reprimanded for his actions earlier this year. He needs to show some class in the face of adversity

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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