Horton refuses to share the winning pod with Sun Yang after the Chinese won the 400-meter free Sunday gold. He would still congratulate the winner even with his photograph.
Horton received a warning from the International Swimming Association (FINA) on Monday, but hours before the two rivals meet in the swimming pool in South Korean Gwangju. There they must have had eye contact.
Sun swam in for the eighth best time and was the last to qualify for the 800m freestyle final on Wednesday. Horton swam in the same name as the Norwegian Henrik Christiansen and was without any chance to continue. Christiansen was second in the heat.
Exposure to threats
The reason for the argument is that Horton thinks Sun should not be allowed to join the World Cup after the Chinese probably destroyed a blood test when doping hunters failed to announce last year visits.
The struggle between the two swimmers has caused the Chinese people to respond with support to one's mind. At Horton's Instagram account, he and his family were threatened by the lives of angry Chinese.
Horton's team mate Jack McLoughlin condemns the threats.
– It's kind of bad. I would not want it once against my worst enemy. It's really bad for everyone, for swimming and sports in general. "I mean where & # 39; he stands for, is right," McLoughlin said, AFP news agency.
In 2014, prohibited
Horton himself was very cautious in terms of FINA's warning.
"The focus is now on the team that performs and that we are getting through a hard week," he said.
Sun was banned for three months in 2014, after being taken with an illegal drug. He claimed that the medicine was being taken for a heart problem. During the Rio in Horton, he hit the distance.