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Olympic swimmer Mack Horton thanks fan for suspect mole tip

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Melissa Woods

Olympic swimming gold medallist Mack Horton has thanked an eagle-eyed fan who noticed a suspect mole on his chest and contacted the Australian team.

Horton, who won gold in the 400m freestyle in Rio, posted a message of thanks to his anonymous saviour on his Instagram account after having the mole cut out from his chest.

"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 wrote, bearing a bandage and the 'thumbs up' in the photograph.

Mack Horton. © AAP Image/Dave Hunt Mack Horton. The mole was removed yesterday in Melbourne.

Horton is still expected to compete at next month's national short-course championships in Brisbane.

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