Mack Horton wins Australia's first gold medal at Rio


Australia's Mack Horton has called his stunning Rio Olympic 400m freestyle win over China's controversial Sun Yang a "win for the good guys".

Horton, 20, became the first Australian since Ian Thorpe (2004) to claim the Olympic 400m freestyle crown.

He clocked a personal best three minutes, 41.55 seconds to seal the stirring win ahead of defending champion Yang. Italy's Gabriele Detti claimed bronze.

Yang controversially served a three month ban for testing positive to a banned stimulant in 2014.

The result should see an entertaining medal ceremony with a strong rivalry between Horton and Yang.

Horton tried to play down a rivalry with Yang but clearly there was no love lost.

Yang reportedly splashed Horton in the Rio warm-up pool earlier this week.

When asked about it earlier Saturday Horton said "I don't have time or respect for drug cheats."

After winning gold Saturday night, Horton didn't even acknowledge Yang, who swam in the lane next to him.

"Definitely a win for the good guys," he told Channel Seven.

"Don't know if it was a rivalry between me and him, just me and an athlete who has tested positive I guess."

Horton had also taken aim at Yang after the morning heats, claiming he had no respect for the "drug cheat".

Both camps had earlier this week played down a report that Yang tried to "taunt" Horton in the Rio training pool.

China's swim chief dismissed it as "fake news".

But when asked about the incident, Horton said after the heats: "It got played up a bit but he splashed me to say hi and I ignored him - I don't have time or respect for drug cheats."