Chinese swimmer lashes out at British competitor amid doping scandal

'You're a loser, I'm a winner' said gold medalist Sun Yang, at World Aquatic Championships in South Korea

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/24
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese swimmer with a record of doping caught media attention this week after an outburst targeting a fellow competitor at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Chinese swimmer, Sun Yang, lashed out at British swimmer, Duncan Scott, on Wednesday (July 23) during the award ceremony for the 200 m free style yelling “I’m a winner, you’re a loser” at Scott from the winner’s podium. Sun is currently awaiting an arbitration hearing in September over recent allegations of continued doping, but has still been permitted to compete.

Sun was upset because Scott failed to congratulate him on his gold medal victory, and declined to share the podium with him as a sign of solidarity with Australian swimmer Mack Horton, who made the same gesture of protest the day before (July 22).

Horton came in second place behind Sun in Monday’s 400 m freestyle competition. Horton chose to snub Sun’s victory and refused to share the podium as a way to protest Sun’s participation in the World Aquatics Championships, after he was previously banned for doping in 2014.