Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos has unleashed on banned Chinese swimmer Sun Yang as world sport continues to share their outrage over the drug cheat’s actions following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s findings.
Three-time Olympic gold medallist Sun is set to appeal his eight-year ban until February 2028 by the CAS after findings determined he tampered with the doping control process.
“It’s absolutely no surprise to me. He failed two drug tests in 2014. We’ve all known that he’s a dirty swimmer,” le Clos told South Africa’s Eye Witness News.
“It’s not just me who knows this, it’s the whole swimming community. Finally, he’s being punished.”
Le Clos was beaten by Sun in the 200m freestyle final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 200m butterfly in London in 2012 and demanded his silver medals be upgraded to gold.
“I was ahead by a long way with 50 metres to go in that race, but Sun Yang came past me. He was the only man who did that, and that says it all really,” Le Clos said.
“I broke the (South African) national record, the African record and Sun passed me like I was standing still in the last 25 metres, which is unheard of.
“I believe the guy who came in ninth should be awarded eighth. I believe the guy who finished seventeenth should be awarded sixteenth and, of course, I believe I deserve that gold medal,” the South African said.
“I want it for my record. (But) I lost a moment. When Wayde (van Niekerk) and Caster (Semenya) won in 2016, it was huge. Everyone (in South Africa) was so happy.
“When the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup (in 2019), and when I won in London, those were huge moments. I didn’t get that.”