Chinese Swimmer Blows Up After Another Podium Snub By Swimmer
Controversy has again embroiled Sun Yang at the world swimming titles in South Korea.
First the triple Olympic champion was awarded 200m freestyle gold at Gwangju on Tuesday night after race winner, Lithuania's Danas Rapsys, was disqualified for a false start.
Then Sun appeared to be involved in a heated conversation with co-bronze medallist Duncan Scott after the Briton followed Australian Mack Horton's lead and staged a podium protest.
Sun touched the wall second behind Rapsys in the final as the Lithuanian celebrated wildly in the pool.
However, seconds later it was Sun who was all smiles when officials announced Rapsys' disqualification.
The controversial Chinese champion didn't waste time celebrating despite a devastated Rapsys still leaving the pool.
He sat on the lane rope and raised his arms in triumph amidst both boos and cheers from a confused crowd.
But there was more drama to come.
Scott -- who nabbed bronze along with Russian Martin Malyutin -- stood on the podium with Sun but refused to shake hands or take part in the medal ceremony photo with the Chinese star.
It repeated Sun's sensational scenes with Horton who did not join the now 11-time world champion on the podium after the 400m freestyle final on Sunday, sparking an international furore.
TV cameras captured Sun gesticulating at Scott after the 200m ceremony, with the Chinese star appearing to say "you lose" at the Briton.
It was not a good look for Sun who has not been able to stay out of the headlines this week.
His titles campaign started with Horton refusing to shake hands or join the Chinese star on the podium after the Australian was relegated to 400m silver.
Olympic 400m freestyle champion Horton was unhappy with Sun being allowed to compete ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in September where he will face charges that he destroyed vials of his blood in a clash with testers last year.
Sun -- who served a 2014 doping ban -- will cop a lifetime suspension if found guilty of the vial destruction charge.
The record books will show Sun won his second straight 200m world title in one minute, 44.93 seconds.
Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan took silver.