Sunday 25 September 2016

Ryan Lochte leaves Brazil shortly before judge orders him to stay in Rio during robbery probe

Mauricio Savarese, in Rio de Janeiro

Published 17/08/2016 | 17:20

Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte

The father of swimmer Ryan Lochte has said his gold medal-winning son arrived back in the US before a Brazilian judge ordered that the passports of Lochte and team-mate Jimmy Feigen be seized as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics.

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Steve Lochte, speaking from his Florida home, said his son called him on Tuesday after arriving in the US.

The 32-year-old swimmer was going to pick up his car and buy a new wallet to replace the one that he said was stolen from him in the robbery.

Feigen's whereabouts could not immediately be confirmed.

The office of Judge Keyla Blank confirmed the order on Wednesday in a statement.

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