Sun Reacts to Horton’s Drug Cheat Comments


The Olympic feud between China’s Sun Yang and Australia’s Mack Horton continued to gather steam after their 400 free final in Rio. If you haven’t been following the quick-moving saga, we first reported Sun allegedly antagonized Horton in the warm-up pool on Thursday. Then Horton followed up by commenting to the media, “He splashed me to say hi and I ignored him because I don’t have time for drug cheats.”

The pair met in the final of the 400 free on Saturday night, with Horton touching out Sun by .13, 3:41.55 to 3:41.68. During the post-race press conference, Horton continued his verbal assault. The Brisbane Times reported Horton stating “I used the word ‘drug cheat’ because he tested positive. I just have a problem with him testing positive and still competing,” with Sun sitting right next to him.

According to The South China Morning Post, Sun responded by accusing Horton of playing mind games to destabilize him. “I don’t think I need to explain myself any further. I have done what it takes to prove I’m clean … all athletes should be shown respect. On the competition stage, every athlete deserves to be respected and there’s no need to use these sorts of cheap tricks to affect each other.”

The mind games seemed to hit their mark, though, as Sun reacted to his disappointment by bursting into tears in the mixed zone at the conclusion of the race.

Horton and Sun will meet again in the 1500 meter free, which the former won in London with a world record.

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4 years ago

He’s not Welsh??

4 years ago

Horton is a dirty athlete.

Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

Horton is Horton hears the who,
the elephant,

4 years ago

Someone told me to look at Mack Horton’s instagram.

Thousands of Chinese comments condemning him. Interesting to see will be the effect of this on Horton in the 1500, and Sun Yang’s loss in the 400 free.

Sun’s comment about having done what he needs to to prove he’s clean is an interesting one though.

Reply to  PACFAN
4 years ago

Apparently after finding out the drug results, he stayed in his room for a week crying. I just found that interesting and may add another layer to this dopint controversy.

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