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It's been a bizarre summer for Ryan Lochte.

Ryan Lochte's eventful Olympics continues after latest gas station claims

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24/7

Despite the Rio Olympics being a tremendous spectacle this summer, it hasn't come without it's controversy.

No, we aren't talking about controversial officials, or controversial methods in winning a 400m race, we are talking about sagas taking place away from the sport.

The fear going into the Olympics was the safety of the athletes and also the spectators making their way to Rio de Janiero. Whether it be regarding the Zika virus or just the general dangers around Brazil, there were growing fears that there would be a lot of trouble throughout.

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One of the main headlines has stemmed from Ryan Lochte and three of his US teammates being robbed at gunpoint after celebrating their gold medal victory in the swimming pool.

Initial reports revealed that Lochte and his teammates went to a party after being invited by a Brazilian swimmer, and later on, Lochte was targeted and held at gunpoint, with the locals reportedly taking some of his belongings.

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However, it's later emerged that Lochte and co. went back to the Olympic village and had all their belongings with them, after they put them to one side whilst going through the metal detectors.

That isn't the only thing that it fishy with the whole saga.

After the whole case initially emerged, Lochte claimed that he and his teammates were pulled out of a taxi and were mugged at gunpoint, with the man pointing a gun at his head.

However, he later on claimed that the gun was only pointed in his general area. Another time where Lochte got his details mixed up.

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What is worse for the US swimmers is the fact they couldn't get on the same page in terms of their stories either. Lochte claimed their was one robber with a gun, whilst Jimmy Feigen said there were several of them, but only one was armed.

Due to the difference in stories and the fact there was no concrete evidence, the police wanted to speak further to all four of the swimmers, only to find out that Lochte had already fled the country and gone back to America, whilst Feigen's location is still unknown.

The other two were not so lucky, however, as they were taken off an aeroplane in order to talk further with the police about events that took place that evening.

You can see the video of the swimmers near the gas station below.

It's now being reported that Lochte and co. used this robbery as a cover up story because they were involved in a disturbance at a petrol station.

It's been claimed that the US swimmers urinated all over the gas station, and broke down a toilet door. When asked to pay for the damage caused, an altercation broke out before the swimmers fled the scene.

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Justin Gatlin
Athletics
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