Sun Yang outshone by Australian rival Mack Horton in men’s 400m freestyle Olympic final

Australia’s Mack Horton won the men’s 400m freestyle at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, dethroning China’s 2012 champion Sun Yang

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 August, 2016, 9:38am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 August, 2016, 3:02pm

Mack Horton put Australia back on the top step of the Olympic podium in an individual swimming event Saturday, dethroning 2012 champion Sun Yang in the men’s 400m freestyle in Rio.

Horton clocked 3 minutes, 41.55 seconds to hold off a feverish challenge from Sun, who briefly looked to have had the Australian beat but settled for second in 3:41.68. Italy’s Gabriele Detti roared home in the final 50 meters to capture bronze in 3:43.49.

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Sun, scorched after the heats by Horton’s attack on his doping record, was left weeping after the race.

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Horton, meanwhile, insured Australia won’t suffer the same shocking fate as they did in London, when the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay was their only swimming gold.

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Horton clocked 3 minutes, 41.55 seconds to hold off a feverish challenge from Sun, who briefly looked to have had the Australian but settled for second in 3:41.68.

Italy’s Gabriele Detti was third in 3:43.49.

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