U.S. Olympic Champion Lilly King Expects to Race Drug Cheats at World Championships

DailyStoke Team

American swimmer and two-time Olympic gold medallist Lilly King has responded to drug allegations surrounding China’s Sun Yang, saying she expects to race dopers at the World Aquatics Championships.

King, 22, told reporters she was saddened by the fact doping isn’t properly under control in swimming following reports Sun had destroyed blood samples:

“As we’ve seen, I think all of us would say that we’re racing dopers at some point and we shouldn’t really have to say that. I don’t know what needs to change but something does.

“It’s kind of sad that we all have raced dopers and they’re all probably swimming in this meet.”

King won four gold medals at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, two years ago. She triumphed in the 50-metre breaststroke, 100-metre breaststroke and both medley relays, hoping to match that terrific haul in Gwangju, South Korea, this week.

Australia’s Daily Telegraph recently published a report alleging Sun had avoided a drugs ban, destroying blood samples after he questioned the credentials of the testers.

China’s three-time Olympic gold medal winner has denied the accusations but will be head in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed the decision.

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