Mack Horton won Australia’s first gold medal on day one of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Saturday. He caused a bit of a controversy though having this to say about Chinese rival Sun Yang prior to the race –
“It kind of got played up in the media. He just kind of splashed me but I ignored him because I don’t have time or respect for drug cheats. He wasn’t too happy about that so he kept splashing me. I just got in and did my thing,”
Yang was suspended for a suspiciously short three months in 2014 for taking banned substance Trimetazidine. Banned. Convicted. Outed. A ban that ended again suspiciously right before the Asian Games of that year.
As Horton then said pre race –
“I used the words drug cheat because he tested positive … I just have a problem with athletes who have tested positive and are still competing.”
The Chinese trolls and gutless keyboard warriors on social media who have since taken to taunting and abusing Horton need to take a long hard look at themselves and their views. You know nothing about swimming and you sure as hell know nothing about sport if you think what Yang did was fair and if you thought Horton was out of line.
He has served his ban yes, but once a cheater, always a cheater in my eyes. Anyone who brings sport into disrepute and interrupts the credibility of competition deserves as much ridicule as they’re given.
In fact they shouldn’t even be there at all. Cheat once and you should be banned for life. Under that ruling, Yang would be as far away from the Olympic Games as possible.
Yang cheated. Horton didn’t. It is as simple as that.
Well done Mack Horton. You’ve done Australia proud. Let’s hope the result is the same come the 1500m final too.
(Picture – Getty Images).