A Canadian silver, rightly earned
Ryan Cochrane won silver in the 1,500 meter swim. That's a killer race and he killed all but one in the competition.
China's Sun Yang was nearly disqualified when he entered the pool ahead of the start. It is not the first race in the competition that saw a swimmer jump the gun and win the right to continue. But some are saying that Sun should have been disqualified, which would have given the gold to Cochrane.
Sun set a world record and beat Cochrane by an amazing seven seconds and change. Sun was incredible, so was Cochrane, but Sun was better.
If a runner comes up lame during a race, if a trampoline jumper (when did that get to be a sport?) falls on her butt, or a competitor is sick, then someone else wins. That is the reality of sport.
But to take the gold because someone in the audience made a noise and startled Sun into the pool, would be a gold for Cochrane and Canada, but not an indication that he is the "best in the world." There is more pride in the silver he won than getting a gold that way.