We were kidding (not) when we suggested the ISL should fabricate crazy stories to get people to watch swimming.
You joke but interpersonal rivalries are $$$. If more swimmers had a little more Gary Hall Jr. to their personalities, it wouldn’t hurt the sport. Doesn’t have to be silly wrasslin’ gimmicks, but fans like it when athletes verbalize, “I’m better than him/her.” Makes us tune in.— Mr. Dunlo (@MrDunlo) June 20, 2019
Jealousy makes you ugly. #mackhorton pic.twitter.com/zf3ZgXdTW2— Silvilla (@Andy49265023) July 21, 2019
Horton is thinking：Sunyang is my boss! I— Ji Wookie (@is_Wookie) July 21, 2019
just want to kneel to him! Horton you are a loser! Useless man! Poor man!#mackhorton pic.twitter.com/Xckv32aWRN
Then, after Danas Rapsys wins the 200 Free, he is quickly disqualified.
Rapsys' false start moves Sun Yang into 1st place and Duncan Scott (and Marty from Russia) into 3rd place since they tied. Here's what happened next:
And then stay for the victory lap and camaraderie: pic.twitter.com/5aMSdJUi1m— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) July 23, 2019
For a quick recap, let's check in with Olympic swimmer Maddie Groves (follow her on Twitter she is funny):
Rapsys touched first but DQ’d for moving on the block. Sun elevated to gold. Duncan Scott refuses to shake his handle at the medal presentation— Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) July 23, 2019
Duncan Scott's podium protest culminates with Sun Yang verbalizing the aforementioned, “I’m better than you.”
Just listen to those cheers!
Sun Yang to Duncan Scott: "You're a loser. I'm a winner." pic.twitter.com/W1AhD6XekV— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 23, 2019
🇬🇧 Duncan Scott refuses to share the podium with China’s Sun Yang for a photo moment #FINAGwangju2019 pic.twitter.com/B2BQXkn3Du— Derrick Ntege (@derrick_ntege) July 23, 2019
The most savage part has got to be the fact that the UK & Australia can't actually watch World Championships, as they could not come to a broadcasting agreement. This is a smart move by FINA, as it heightens the suspense to actually watch the Olympics next year.
Adam Peaty just lowered his 100m breaststroke world record in a world semi final. And it wasn’t on television. Absolutely bonkers.— James Toney (@jtoneysbeat) July 21, 2019
Totally disgusted 😡 can’t listen to any broadcast 😡😡😡 I’ll have to rely on good old twitter to let me know my sons results @adam_peaty— Caroline Peaty (@cazliz123) July 24, 2019
This is the most exciting #swimming competition in years, and I don't just mean what's happening in the pool 😂 @Channel7 must be kicking themselves. #FINA #FINAworlds #Gwanju2019— Tommaso D'Orsogna (@tommasodor) July 23, 2019
Who is the cheater?— riverqiner (@riverqiner) July 22, 2019
If Sunyang can successfully prove his innocence in the arbitration,will those haters shut up and apologize for the slander and defamation? #SunYang #Mackhorton pic.twitter.com/0iIK2kh6QZ
Bad guys are essential...
Like it or not, sport loves a villain and swimming has found one. #FINAGwangju2019 pic.twitter.com/0GTiYlSpVB— Rowdy Gaines (@RowdyGaines) July 23, 2019