China’s Sun Yang took the gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle on Monday night, but there’s a chance most people will remember his victory at the Rio Olympics more for his celebration that his actual swim.
The 24-year-old took off his swimming cap before attempting to throw it into the crowd. However, he got it horribly wrong.
Like a goalkeeper inadvertently throwing the ball into his own net, Sun launched the cap behind him and watched as it landed back in the pool. He then proceeded to fish it out before successfully throwing it into the crowd at the second attempt. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Sun secured gold, despite the fact South Africa’s Chad le Clos led under world record pace for much of the race.
Le Clos, with a time of 1:45.20, finished with silver. Sun’s 1:44.65 was enough to secure a controversial gold medal.
Video: Sun's celebration fail
Sun was handed a three-month ban in 2014
The reason why it’s a controversial win is because Sun was handed a three-month ban for swimming in 2014 after testing positive for a banned substance.
Australia’s Mack Horton caused a stir by dismissing Sun as a drug cheat on the opening night of the Rio games, prompting China to demand an apology.
However, Australia’s chef de mission, Kitty Chiller, has confirmed there will be no apology.
“Mack obviously has very strong views about the need for clean sport, as every single one of us does,” she was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “He has every right to express his views and his displeasure in that sense.
“We have no intention of making an apology.”
Video: How Sun won gold
Here’s how Sun won his gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle…
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