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Swimmer Ryan Lochte apologises over Rio robbery claim

By Staff Reporter

Published 20/08/2016

Troubled waters: Ryan Lochte. Picture: AP Photo/Michael Sohn
Troubled waters: Ryan Lochte. Picture: AP Photo/Michael Sohn

US swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologised for his behaviour in Rio and “for not being more careful and candid”.

The gold medallist had claimed that he and a group of fellow US swimmers had been robbed at a petrol station.

But CCTV footage contradicted that story, showing the men had vandalised the petrol station after partying. Mr Lochte tweeted: “I should have been more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry.”

He said he had waited to issue the statement until it was clear that his teammates would be returning to the US. Rio’s Mayor, Eduardo Paes responded: “My only emotion towards them is pity and contempt.”

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