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There's Some Serious DRAMA Going On In The Pool At Rio

Warning: Don't make Chinese swim fans mad.

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At a training session earlier in the week, Horton accused Sun of splashing water in his face on purpose. "I didn't respond because I don't have time for drug cheats," the Aussie told media.

In 2014, Sun was handed a three-month suspension from swimming after testing positive for a banned substance.

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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.

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.


Soon, though, Sun's angry fans began inundating Horton's Instagram account with angry comments calling on him to #ApologizeToSunYang.

Instagram: @mackhorton

Horton wasn't safe on Twitter or Facebook, either, as #ApologizeToSunYang soon began trending.

@_mackhorton #apologizetosunyang 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍

@_mackhorton Ur so disrespectful and RACIST to your competitor! You didn't even know the truth! Sun has heart issue. #ApologizeToSunYang

@_mackhorton @DellyPhotoNinja you won the game but you lose your basic polite we China a big country won blame your suckeyou makes us sick


"We have been noticing what has been said in the past two days by Horton, who launched a malicious personal attack [on Chinese swimmers]," team manager Xu Qi told China's Xinhua news agency.

"We think his inappropriate words greatly hurt the feelings between Chinese and Australian swimmers. It is proof of a lack of good manners and upbringing.

"We strongly demand an apology from this swimmer."

China's Global Times also published a piece calling Australia "a country at the fringes of civilization" and mocking its history as an "offshore prison."

Global Times

"This suggests that no one should be surprised at uncivilized acts emanating from the country. We should think the same way," the piece reads. 🔥


David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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