British Swimmer Duncan Scott Refuses To Join Drugs Cheat Sun Yang On The Podium

Duncan Scott won a bronze medal at the World Aquatics Championships but stood defiant at his medal ceremony and refused to join former drugs cheat Sun Yang on the top step of the podium, and the Chinese athlete wasn't happy.

Scott won bronze in the 200m freestyle, after a disqualification to Danas Rapsys, but when the national anthem of winner Yang was over he refused to join the Chinese swimmer, and two other medalists, on the podium because of the victors ban in 2014 for three months for testing positive for banned stimulant trimetazidine.

Scott, obviously far left, wouldn't get pictures with the winner afterwards either. Image: PA Images
Scott, obviously far left, wouldn't get pictures with the winner afterwards either. Image: PA Images

Scott's refusal to join Sun on the podium, or to shake his hand, clearly got to the gold medal winner as he got in the 22-year-old's face afterwards and shouted 'you're a loser, I'm a winner,' but the Brit refused to react:

Sun will be getting used to this treatment now as it's the second time in the championships that this has happened to him.

Australian Mack Horton came runner up to the 27-year-old in the 400m freestyle and similarly refused to share the podium with him, calling the Chinese swimmer a 'drugs cheat.'

Following the incident on the podium on Tuesday Scott said, "I'm team Mack. If [Sun] can't respect our sport then why should I respect him? I think a lot of people, everyone in swimming, got behind what Mack did.

"Hopefully this will happen in more events."

Scott finished the race joint fourth, with Russia's Martin Malyutin, but Rapsys, who won the race, was disqualified for a false start.

It promoted Sun to gold, Japan's Katsuhiro Matsumoto to silver and Scott and Malyutin up to bronze.

Afterwards the British swimmer revealed he wasn't happy with his performance or the fact he benefited in the way he did, saying, "I'm pretty disappointed with the time but when you get to this level time goes out the window and it's about getting in the top three.

"...It's hard as I'm gaining off someone else's misfortune and I would have liked to have won it outright, but I'll take it."

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