2. However, the 20-year-old swimmer’s win came after some juicy DRAMA in the pool.
3. There has been some serious bad blood between him and Sun Yang, the Chinese swimmer who won silver in the final.
5. In 2014, Sun was handed a three-month suspension from swimming after testing positive to a banned substance.
Sun told Chinese anti-doping authorities he had taken a drug for medical reasons, not knowing it was banned, according to Swimming World magazine.
“I will take it as a lesson and be more careful in the future,” he said at the time.
6. After Saturday’s final, Horton told reporters his victory
was “definitely” a win 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 said.
7. Sun also defended himself to media. “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,” he said.
8. Soon, though, Sun’s angry fans began inundating Horton’s Instagram account with angry comments calling on him to #ApologizeToSunYang.
9. “YOU ARE A LOSE AND YOU ARE THE SHAME OF AUSTRALIA,” read one comment, while others simply used emojis to call Horton a and a .
10. Within a matter of hours, EVERY SINGLE ONE of Horton’s Instagram pictures had a littany of toxic comments.
11. Even this innocent photo of a car four-wheel driving was not safe from the , , and (randomly) the emojis.
12. Horton wasn’t safe on Twitter or Facebook, either, as #ApologizeToSunYang soon began trending.
@_mackhorton #apologizetosunyang 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍
— Emilie Zhang (@lovingchrislee)
@_mackhorton Ur so disrespectful and RACIST to your competitor! You didn’t even know the truth! Sun has heart issue. #ApologizeToSunYang
— Ted Y. Du (@Teddy_Du)
@_mackhorton @DellyPhotoNinja you won the game but you lose your basic polite we China a big country won blame your suckeyou makes us sick
— Alex 赵 (@Alexthunder1997)