Buzz off! Bee sting floors Aussie ‘tough guy’ swim­mer Hor­ton

Arab News - - SPORTS - — Compiled from agen­cies

GOLD COAST, Aus­tralia: Olympic cham­pion Mack Hor­ton’s Com­mon­wealth Games prepa­ra­tions have been rudely in­ter­rupted by an an­gry bee which stung the Aussie swim­mer dur­ing prac­tice. The 21-year-old, who won 400 me­ters freestyle gold at the 2016 Rio Games and goes by the ma­cho nick­name “Mack the Knife,” got a fright af­ter an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion caused his arm to swell up like Pop­eye fol­low­ing his brush with the tiny crit­ter. But Aus­tralia’s head swim coach Jacco Ver­haeren in­sisted Hor­ton would be ready for the Com­mon­wealth Games, which kick off in Gold Coast next week. “It’s get­ting smaller and smaller and in this case that’s a good sign,” Ver­haeren told re­porters. “But it re­ally was puffed up. The first day it was painful as well and the feel­ing in the wa­ter is not the same. But he’s a tough guy.” Hor­ton, who won 4x200m freestyle gold and 1,500m freestyle sil­ver at the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow, ar­rived for train­ing in Bris­bane with a pro­tec­tive ban­dage on his right arm last week af­ter his run-in with the in­sect.

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