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Rio Olympics: Ryan Lochte sticking to his story after accusation he fabricated robbery

By Staff Reporter

Published 19/08/2016

Ryan Lochte pictured during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Olympics in Rio (AP)
Ryan Lochte pictured during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Olympics in Rio (AP)
US swimmer Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro along with three team-mates, officials said - but they later acknowledged security guards had pointed guns at the swimmers.

"No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed," Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso said yesterday.

Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a petrol station. They had been celebrating the final night of swimming events.

A Brazilian police official said that two of the swimmers said Lochte had made the story up.

The official said the swimmers had broken a door, and a security guard came to investigate. Then, the manager demanded money. The swimmers paid and left.

Hours later, the official changed the story and said two security guards pointed guns. The change came after police interviewed a security guard.

Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, has maintained that there is no question the robbery occurred.

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