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Ryan Lochte Cleared of Criminal Charges From Rio Olympics Robbery Scandal

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials in Omaha Nebraska. Al Bello Getty Images
Tobias Pedroso | 16 Julio, 2017, 01:40

Lochte won 12 Olympic medals in his career, including gold at the 2016 Rio Games as part of the men's 800-meter freestyle team. Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen had been out celebrating after the conclusion of the swimming competition at the Rio Games.

An appeals court on Thursday ruled that Lochte did not break Brazilian law because Rio police, not Lochte, had initiated the investigation and that what Lochte said in his NBC interview could not be considered a false report.

A Brazilian police official told the Associated Press Lochte had made up the account, saying the swimmers had vandalized the gas station and were confronted by a security guard, manager and translator to pay for the damages.

Lochte was pilloried for days and lost sponsors after Rio police asserted his story was a fabrication - infamously claiming one of the assailants put a gun to his forehead - but a subsequent investigation by USA TODAY Sports found that, despite the embellishment, the framework of Lochte's story was true.

"It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed".

Lochte still stands against the city of Rio de Janeiro with two other charges.

Muguruza can say the same, of course, and she was particularly thrilled at the thought of the player she beat to earn the trophy. On Sunday, Federer will face 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who reached his first final at the All England Club by eliminating 24th-seeded Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 with the help of 25 aces and some terrific returning.

Lochte acknowledged he was intoxicated at the time and apologized for the negative attention he brought on the U.S. swim team, but he said he had never sought to involve police in the matter and had not filed a false report.

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

"I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend - for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics", he said.