Adam Peaty backs Duncan Scott for refusing to share podium with Chinese drug cheat Sun Yang

24 Jul

Britain’s Duncan Scott and drug cheat Sun Yang clashed at the World Aquatics Championships when the former refused to join the latter on the podium after winning medals in the 200m freestyle.

Scott’s protest on Tuesday came just two days after Australia’s Mack Horton conducted a similar one at Yang, who has a history of doping.

Sun Yang, right, clashed with Great Britain’s Duncan Scott during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 200m Freestyle Final after the former refused to join the Chinese swimmer on the podium
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Yang was not impressed by his rival at the end and later called him a loser[/caption]

Many have called for Yang to walk away from the sport, with his surprise win met with a chorus of boos by many of the the crowd in attendance.

Sun, clearly angered by the Scott’s stance, waved his finger in the Glaswegian’s face and told him: “You’re a loser, I’m a winner.”

The sport’s governing body, Fina, have warned both athletes over their behaviour.

Sun ended up with a gold medal to show for his efforts after Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, who finished first, was disqualified for moving on his blocks at the start.


Scott, 22, was then promoted into the bronze medal position and took the opportunity to share his rival’s dismay at Sun’s presence at the Championship with his protest.

Sun’s career remains in threat with a Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) hearing looming in September.

The 27-year-old denies any wrongdoing and his lawyers have said that they want the Cas hearing to be public ‘in the interests of transparency’.

Sun has also previously been accused by a female Brazilian swimmer of assaulting her in the warm-up pool at a previous World Championships.

Scott has backing from Peaty for his stance against Sun
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Adam Peaty, the highest-profile member of the British team, showed his backing for Scott. “The most important thing as a sportsperson is that you have a right to a voice and Duncan showed his voice and so did the crowd,” he said. “Why is he [Sun] even here?”

Earlier in the week, 24-year-old Peaty became the first man to swim 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds – breaking his own world record with a time of 56.88.

He then won the final, which was his third successive gold in the event.