There were ugly scenes at the World Aquatics Championships today, when bronze medal winner Britain’s Duncan Scott refused to share a podium with winner of the event, Sun Yang. The Chinese athlete has failed a drugs test for banned stimulant trimetazidine in 2014. Yang angrily lashed out at the Brit during the medal ceremony and called him a loser.
It’s not the first time this championships that an athlete has refused to share a podium with Sun Yang. In the 400m freestyle on the 22nd, Silver medal winner aussie Mack Horton refused to share a podium with Sun and had previously labelled him a “drug cheat”. The two have history prior to these championships, held in South Korean. During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Horton stated of Sun, ” I don’t have time or respect for drug cheats.”