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Aussie gold medallist bombarded with abuse

Mack Horton used psychological tactics to full advantage. Photo: Getty ImagesTheMack Attack at the Rio Olympics has become theAttack On Mack.
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Mack Horton, 20, may have emerged onto the world stage bywinning gold in the 400m freestyle, but it washis baiting of Chinese rival Sun Yangin the lead-up to the race –when he accusedSunofbeing a “drug cheat” –that captured the world’s attention and dominated the headlines after day one of the Olympics.

After his win on the opening night,Hortonrevealed his aggressive appraisal of Sun was a deliberate ploy to get into the head of his main rival, while at the same time defending clean athletes.

Earlier,Fairfax Media had revealed that Horton and Sunhad an altercation at the training pool.When asked about it, the Australian was unabashed inclaiming Sunhad tried to splash and taunt him, but that he had “no time orrespect for drug cheats”.

Sun served a three-month ban in 2014 in secret after a positive test and many swimmers feel he shouldn’t be competing at all, let along defending his gold medals in the 400m and 1500m from the LondonOlympics.

Footage of a devastated Sun bursting into tears while attempting to give an interview in the media mixed zone immediately after the race went viral on Chinese social media.

The top-trending hashtag”SunYangDon’t Cry” amassed more than 47 million views on China’s Weibo within hours.

Sports fans haven’t been shy in coming after the Australian for his aggressive tactics,the Chinese in particularbombardingHorton’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, demanding he apologise to Sun.

The Wikipedia entry for the Australian swimmer was also modified to say that Australian media coverage of his race win “significantly advanced Australian ‘fair’ –the fair skin of Caucasian Australian[sic]”.

“His remarks of Sun is widely believed to be a part of his cultural heritage in that he was practically nursed race prejudice at his mother’s breasts [sic],” the page read before it was re-edited.

Horton’s post-race celebratoryInstagramphoto was alsoflooded with comments from Chinese fans, with some demanding an apology and calling the Aussie a “snake”.

“Although you have to the gold medal, but no matter how much you get the piece because of your character you will always be a loser at least respect you should have! Please apologise to Sun Yang! [sic],” one user wrote.

“Good for you to win the game! But please figure out the truth before you speak bad things about others,” another commented.

Sun served a three-month ban for testing positive to trimetazidine, a substance normally used to treat angina.

Sun claimed the medication was prescribed for heart palpitations, saying he was unaware it had been placed on the banned list.

– with AAP

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