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Ryan Lochte handed 10-month swimming ban and loses bonuses over Rio incident

Ryan Lochte claimed that he and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in Rio (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File).
Eddie Pells

RYAN Lochte has been banned from swimming until next June and will forfeit $100,000 (£75,000) in bonus money that went with his gold medal at the Olympics.

It is part of the penalty for his drunken encounter at a petrol station in Brazil during last month's games.

The US Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming announced the penalties on Thursday. Lochte agreed to a ban that includes next year's world championships.

He will get no monthly funding from either organisation, cannot access USOC training centres, must perform 20 hours of community service and will miss Team USA's post-Olympics trip to the White House.

Agreeing to four-month suspensions were Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, who were with Lochte at the petrol station. Those sanctions, which end on December 31, also strip funding and training access.

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