Rio Olympics 2016 Drama: First Australian Gold Medalist Swimmer Mack Horton A Snake?

Rio Olympics 2016 Drama: First Australian Gold Medalist Swimmer Mack Horton A Snake?
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The Rio Olympics 2016 opened on Friday. This early, dramas are already brewing.


In the swimming competition, particularly in men’s 400-meter freestyle, a drama allegedly occurred between Australian swimmer Mack Horton and Chinese contender Sun Yang.

Did the former just steal the gold medal from the latter?

According to Buzzfeed, the 20-year-old Australian professional swimmer’s win over the Chinese Olympian came after a reported drama took place between the toughest competitors.

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The “juicy” Rio Olympics 2016 swimming competition drama allegedly happened in the pool when Horton accused Sun of splashing water into his face during a training session.

“I didn’t respond because I don’t have time for drug cheats,” the gold medalist of Saturday’s finals said about the silver medalist.

The report noted that back in 2014, the Chinese swimmer was suspended for three months after allegedly “testing positive to a banned substance.”

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Following his success in his division, Horton reportedly told the media that his win was “definitely” a feat for the “good guys.”

“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,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, his biggest competitor at Rio Olympics 2016, Sun, responded by saying, “I don’t care too much what the Australian athlete says … I’m clean; I’ve done everything it takes to prove I’m clean.”

Angry Chinese fans took offense with what Horton was hinting and called him a snake. They also called for him to apologize to Sun.

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On the other hand, CBS Sports reported that Sunday was the day for the American team when Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky both “dominated” their respective events.

While some might have doubts about Phelps snatching success in the 100-meter relay, the champion athlete proved them wrong as he “swam an incredible 100-meter” to defeat France and Australia who placed second and third, respectively.

Ledecky, in the meantime, won the 4x100m freestyle relay at Rio Olympics 2016 on Saturday.

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