FANS of Chinese swimmer Sun Yang were enraged after Australian swimmer Mack Horton called his rival a “drug cheat” at the Rio Olympics recently.
Horton reportedly told members of the press, “I don’t have time or respect for drug cheats”, when asked about his rivalry with Sun.
After winning the gold in the mens’ 400m freestyle event, Horton stood by his comment, saying: “I used the words ‘drug cheat’ because he tested positive.”
Sun, who had won the silver in the same event and was the defending champion, tested positive for a banned substance in 2014, and served a three-month ban.
In a post-race interview, Horton said, “I don’t know if it’s a rivalry between me and him, just me and athletes who have tested positive.”
Sun’s supporters have taken to leaving angry comments on Horton’s social media accounts, calling him “loser”, “shameless”, “disrespectful”, and posting snake emojis, as well as the hashtag #apologizetosunyang.
@_mackhorton Even though you won the medal, you are just a loser.
— Natsuki (@jacksoner94) August 7, 2016
— Randaiya (@495044015) August 7, 2016