Ryan Lochte phones his mum after being held at gunpoint in Brazil

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Going into the Rio Olympics, the major fear was for the safety of the competitors and the spectators alike, and that fear has come to fruition today after it's emerged that US swimmer Ryan Lochte was held up at gunpoint during a party.

Lochte and three of his American teammates were all invited to a party by Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira, but things turned sour when the gold medalist was held up at gunpoint by one of the locals.

The 32-year-old has been released following the incident, and the first thing he did after the scary ordeal was phone his mother, according to Fox Sports.


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Lochte's mother has since told Fox Sports that it was 'terrifying', and she has left her hotel to in order to meet her son following the incident.

The US swimmer has won one gold medal this summer, winning the 4x200 Men's freestyle relay, before finishing fifth in the Men's 200m individual medley.

Ben Way of Fox Sports has been tweeting about the incident in Brazil, and has confirmed that Lochte is now safe and back with the rest of his teammates in the US camp.

Jenn Suhr, an American pole vaulter, has been talking to Fox Sports about the scary ordeal, and she stated it must have been terrifying for Lochte, but the good news is that he is now safe.

She went on to add: "When you're in another country you don't know of, it's not the smartest idea to go places you're unsure of."

Lochte's gold medal at Rio was his 12th Olympic medal in a career spanning from 2000 to 2016. He won two during Athens 16 years ago, before following that up with four in Beijing and five in London.

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