Australian swimmer Mack Horton won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics and it seems that now he also won his life. A fan watching the Olympics noticed that a mole on Horton’s chest is darker and bigger compared to how it looked during the London Olympics in 2012 and e-mailed the swim team doctor. Now the swimmer reported that the mole has been removed and thanked the fan: “Good call. Very good call.”







Horton, Rio Olympics

Horton, Rio Olympics Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Australian Olympic swimmer Mack Horton announced over the weekend to his social media followers that he had a suspicious mole removed after a fan noticed that the mole became larger and darker at the Rio Olympics compared to how it looked at the London Olympics in 2012.

In a post Friday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the 20-year-old swimmer wrote: “Shout out to the person that emailed the swim team doctor and told me to get my mole checked out. Good call. Very good call.”







Horton after the mole was removed

Horton after the mole was removed Photo Credit: Instagram/Channel 2 News

Horton won the gold medal for 400 meters freestyle at the Rio Olympics last summer. He didn’t elaborate on social media whether the mole was actually cancerous or not. According to the Australian Cancer Council, 2 out of 3 Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by 70. Almost 80% of cancer patients in Australia are suffering from skin cancer, almost entirely caused be sun exposure.