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Mack & # 39; The Knife & # 39; Horton received applause from athletes around the world; Shows "great moral fiber"



Mack Horton He was received in the dining room of the Villa de los Atletas last night by the resounding applause of his fellow athletes from all over the world after he refused to get on the medals podium next to the Chinese controversy. Sun Yang after the Australian Olympic champion finished the 400m freestyle final as the first man at home with a clean record, for silver.

This morning on the second day of racing in the World Swimming Championship in Gwangju, Horton was encouraged by waves of continued support from athletes and coaches around the world after the calls for him to face "a heavy penalty" for his silent protest against Sun's presence, pending a court hearing. Arbitration in a controversial out-of-competition test held near the Chinese swimmer's house in Zhejiang province last September.

Australian training guru Bill Sweetenham asked the Australians to "support Mack Horton in his position:", his "great moral fiber" and his "outstanding standards", while the head coach of Australia, Jacco verhaerenHe directed a chorus of the Dolphins when he said: "Actually, no one knew (I was going to protest the way he did it).

"That was his idea to do that, let's put it this way: I understand, a lot, he's been very strong and he's talked about this in the past and you can only respect him for what he earns that score."

After an excellent start to the World Championship here in the Nambu group here in Gwangju yesterday, the Dolphins had to "concentrate and not pay too much attention to what Mack did," said the Dutchman and former mentor of Pieter Van den Hoogenband. However, it would not silence or stop Horton.

"He represents what he represents and nobody can take that away from him. Nobody should. As a team, we keep going: we have 7 days of races ahead, "said Verhaeren.

However, not all of Down Under agreed with Horton's position, Richard Ings, former head of the Australian anti-doping agency, ASADA, tweeted that, while "not a fan" of Sun, he felt that Horton should "attract a heavy penalty" for his action

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Sun Yang – Photo courtesy: Becca Wyant

Sun was a regular visitor to training in Australia until 2014, but triggered a rule change in Australia after he tested positive for a banned substance that year: no athlete who does not comply with the WADA Anti-Doping Rules can train in Australian pools financed by the public purse. Sun told Xinhua in Gwangju:

"Not everyone loves me, I do not care, it's also fine if you do not respect me personally, but during the victory ceremony, which is the most important event, we all represent our countries, you should get on the podium and show your respect to my country, China and your country, Australia and the public. "

If Horton was hit by the Chinese fans on social media and criticized some criticism of Down Under, then Ings attracted the disgrace of the athletes and coaches in Australia and the Dolphins in Gwangju.

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Sweetenham continued a long Australian tradition of defending clean sport and fair play when he called on all Australians to support Horton and stand shoulder to shoulder with him.

Horton's protest was "silent and respectful," says Sweetenham, and told journalist Ian Hanson:

"I ask you to support Mack Horton in his position … we are facing a young man of great moral fiber who gives everything to his sport and sets outstanding standards." Mack must be praised and protected against the detractors. Mack represents everything that is great in sports and life, it has the character and inner strength that only some possess … for me it is a sporting general … we must continue to support clean athletes and morals. "

The spokesman for the German team, on behalf of all the German swimmers, applauded Horton when he said:

"I'm happy that someone has finally sent a strong message that he (Sun) is swimming here is a joke for all clean athletes, for anyone who defends clean sport, it's a slap in the face. Strong enough for FINA to realize that it should never happen again in this scenario It seems depressing just to think about it: to the east in the whole team and we are all very happy to see that a line was drawn (by Horton) "

Defender of the American clean sports and Olympic champion of the 100 m badstroke Lilly king He took a Wirth Horton position at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Both opposed the presence of swimmers, such as Sun and Russian Yuliya Efimova, who were dragging a doping record.

Today, King echoed support for Horton after having overcome the 100m badstroke. The Australian's refusal to take the podium "was a great player, honestly," said King.

"We were waiting for the awards ceremony just to see what would happen. It was amazing: when we entered the dining room after he came in after us and the whole dining room burst into applause. "It was very good to see the athletes united in their position and support him too."

Free 100m Australian Olympic champion. Kyle Chalmers This morning, after leaving the next lane to Sun in 200m freestyle racing, I thought: "I think Mack has done some of those things now: he believes firmly in that and that's totally fine." Mack: it's Mack's decision do that kind of thing. "

Chalmers said he refused to allow the storm around the Sun to become a distraction: "At the end of the day, the Sun is here, the Sun's race. We just have to do what we can to swim in our best races and not I'm worried about my competitors, I'm worried about my own career and I think I learn to swim 200 ".

Britain Duncan Scott, again through the 200m semifinals, echoed the need to concentrate on the task at hand, saying: "I have my 200 free semifinals tonight, I know how I feel, but I will comment when the race ends. I want to focus on this first, but I think what has been done is that there is a great movement in the sport, but I will comment later ".

For Sun, the businesses continued with their usual routine in the 200 m freestyle, the Chinese fans cheered in the stands, the silence, the skepticism, the doubt, the anguish and the challenge of all, and a hero who returned in 2016 to Rio. The Olympic Games were booed to their stalls at the athletes' stand. Then he claimed the gold, more than 200 m, and last night retained the world title of 400 m, which tied him with the American Ryan Lochte in the league of the largest carriers in solo events in world titles: both have 10 gold medals singles, the record for Michael Phelps, with 15 gold solo.

In September, the CAS will listen to the World Anti-Doping Agency's challenge to the decision of the FINA Doping Panel to dismiss Sun with a series of severe reprimands in a hearing report in January, after a four-hour dispute with the evaluators. September ended without urine or blood samples available to send for badysis.

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