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Swimmer Ryan Lochte apologises over Rio robbery claim

By Staff Reporter

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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