World 15.8.2016 07:59 am

US Olympic swimmers robbed at gunpoint

Ryan Lochte looks up to the scoreboard after finishing the Men's 100m Butterfly final during day one of the Arena Grand Prix at the Skyline Aquatic Center on April 24, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona

Ryan Lochte looks up to the scoreboard after finishing the Men's 100m Butterfly final during day one of the Arena Grand Prix at the Skyline Aquatic Center on April 24, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona

The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed that in the early hours of Sunday morning, four US swimmers were held at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. 

CNN reports that Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte along with swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were in a taxi on the way to the Olympic Village when the vehicle was stopped by individuals who posed as armed police officers. The report further stated that the suspects demanded that the athletes lie down on the floor, and when Lochte initially refused to comply, they held a gun to his head. They then stole money and other personal belongings from the athletes.

The Rio de Janeiro civil police have reportedly opened an investigation case.

Lochte has released a statement on Instagram confirming that he and his teammates were victims of a robbery and that they were left safe and unharmed. He thanked his friends, family and fans for the support he had received following the incident. He further confirmed that he had his eye set on the 2020 Olympic Games.

A screenshot from Ryan Lochte's Instagram post. Picture: Instagram.

A screenshot from Ryan Lochte’s Instagram post. Picture: Instagram.

Swimmer Gunnar Bentz also tweeted:

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