No Podium Snub As Mack Horton And Team Enjoy Gold Glory
Finally, Mack Horton has been able to step up to the podium at the world swimming titles after steering Australia’s 4x200m freestyle men’s team to a stunning victory.
After his extraordinary medal ceremony protest against China’s Sun Yang, Horton happily took pride of place on the podium alongside teammates Clyde Lewis, Kyle Chalmers and Alex Graham as they received relay gold on Friday night.
Horton proved the difference in a see-sawing relay final as anchor, giving Australia victory in seven minutes, 00.85 seconds finishing almost a second ahead of Russia. The United States was third.
It marked the first time Australia had won the 4x200m freestyle relay world title since 2003.
It was Australia’s fifth gold of the meet and remarkably the fourth win out of five relays to date for the Dolphins at Gwangju.
“It was a very good end. That anchor leg’s always tough,” Horton said.
There’s a lot of pressure on it but I think it’s always a privilege to be able to anchor your team and just put the body on the line for the boys.” More importantly for Horton it marked the first time the Australian stepped up to the podium in South Korea after staging a protest against controversial Sun at the meet’s opening night.
Horton sparked an international furore when he refused to acknowledge Sun after the Chinese star relegated him to 400m freestyle silver on Sunday.
Swimmers quickly threw their support behind Horton who was angry that Sun had been allowed to compete ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in September.
Sun – who served a doping ban in 2014 – faces a lifetime suspension if found guilty of charges that he smashed a vial of his blood with a hammer in a clash with testers at his home last year.
Gold medalists Clyde Lewis, Kyle Chalmers, Alexander Graham and Mack Horton won gold in the 4x200m.