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Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal charges in Rio encounter

16 Julio 2017

An appellate court in Brazil has cleared Ryan Lochte of criminal charges after he exaggerated the details of an alleged robbery during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Although he was entered in three individual events at this week's Los Angeles Invitational, Lochte said he had decided not to compete in the meet on the campus of the University of Southern California, where he is now training with the Trojan Swim Club. "Not only getting it back, but it was deep in the court", said David Witt, Williams' coach, who thought nerves affected his player.

"We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime".

But Cilic seemed distracted by a delay of a couple of minutes after his first-serve fault at 6-6, when a female spectator who appeared to feel ill was helped from her seat and out of the stands. "It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed", Ryan's lawyer Jeff Ostrow said in a statement. That was evident throughout Friday, from the cries of "Go, Roger!" to the roars of approval and thunderous applause that greeted some of his best efforts on a day when he was not necessarily at his vintage, wondrous best. They add that the decision has not been published yet and prosecutors will have 15 days to appeal the ruling.

By the time Rio police announced charges against Lochte, he had already fled back to the U.S. Rio authorities did detain fellow swimmer Jimmy Feigen however, who agreed to pay a fine.

A USA Today Sports investigation following the incident determined that Lochte's account of what happened at the gas station was substantially true, despite embellishments. Lochte was never particularly thought of as a role model before this happened, but his reputation has taken several more hits since the news first broke.

Lochte, 32, is the father of a one-month-old boy with fiance Kayla Rae Reid.

Serena is off the tour for the rest of this year because she is pregnant, and Venus spoke about wanting to earn a trophy for the family name.

Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal charges in Rio encounter