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Adam Peaty has backed the decision by British bronze medallist Duncan Scott to snub Sun Yang on the podium at the swimming world championships in Gwangju
Adam Peaty has backed the decision by the British bronze medallist Duncan Scott to snub Sun Yang on the podium on Tuesday after the controversial Chinese swimmers victory in the 200m freestyle at the world championships in Gwangju.
Sun, who is swimming in Gwangju despite the court of arbitration for sport preparing to hear a doping case against him in September, was handed the win when the Lithuanian Danas Rapsys was disqualified for a false start.
Scott congratulated the silver medallist Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan and the Russian Martin Malyutin, who finished in the same time as the Briton, but blanked Sun on the podium.
The Chinese swimmer reacted angrily, shouting Youre a loser, Im a winner while gesturing at Scott, who also refused to take part in a group photo on the podium and kept his distance from Sun as they left the stage.
Scott declined to elaborate on his actions to reporters but Peaty said his teammate was completely right to take action, adding that Sun should consider his place in swimming.
He should be asking himself now should he really be in sport when the people were booing him, but I know how they are and I know how he is so …
Peaty, who has previously criticised Sun and the decision to allow him to compete in Gwangju with the doping case hanging over him, said athletes had a right to speak out. I think the most important thing as a sportsperson is you have the right to a voice and Duncan showed his voice and so did the crowd, he said. If the fans arent wanting him [Sun] I dont even know why hes here.
The incident comes two days after the Australian Mack Horton refused to share the podium with Sun after the 400m.
Sun, who served a doping ban in 2014 and was labelled a drug cheat by Horton before the Rio Olympics final, got the green light to compete in Gwangju after being cleared by a Fina panel of breaching the governing bodys rules earlier this year.
However, the World Anti-Doping Agency is seeking to overturn the decision at Cas, leaving Suns career hanging in the balance a year out from the Tokyo Olympics. Peaty said: I mean, if I was swimming [the 400] I wouldnt have gone on the podium like Mack.
Sun, who also won gold in the 200 in 2017, touched in a time of 1:44.93, with Matsumoto 0.29 behind in second and Malyutin and Scott taking bronze, 0.70 off Suns time.
My victory was because of my hard work. I continued to keep fighting. I didnt give up when I was in second place, said Sun. I was the only one to enter the 800 [heats] this morning, so I was very tired. I just slept for an hour and a half this afternoon.
The crowd at the Nambu University municipal aquatics centre jeered the decision to disqualify Rapsys, who seemed to twitch on the starting blocks. The Lithuanian did not stop for questions after the race. There was a mixed reaction to Scotts behaviour on the podium, with Chinese fans shouting and jeering while others cheered him as he left the pool deck.