Ryan Lochte cleared of charges in Rio

Ryan Lochte received a 10-month ban for his part in an incident at a petrol station during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Initially, Lochte was ruled to have broken the law by means of a 2-1 vote in the Brazilian court, but on Thursday, the decision was reversed by a new 2-1 count.

Surveillance video shows Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, where they claimed they were robbed by armed men posing as cops.

Brazil's government expressed discontent about Lochte's lies, accusations, and lude behavior - yet do not appear to be levying any "ban" from the country against him.

Prosecutors could still challenge the ruling, and they have 15 days to do so.

After Lochte and his attorney "appealed" the original charges, an appeals court found him not-guilty and threw away the case, which included "false communication of a crime".

An investigation by USA Today Sports found Lochte had exaggerated the incident, but the base of his story was true.

Back in August, Lochte was indicted for "false reporting of a crime" for falsely stating that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint in an interview with NBC News.

"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".

Rio police later said that the Olympians had vandalized the gas station bathroom by breaking a soap dispenser and mirror, and destroying a poster outside the restroom. While he was able to leave Brazil quickly, his three team-mates were detained, with Feigen agreeing to pay a fine of almost US$11,000 to expedite his departure.

Lochte, 32, is expected to compete in the 2020 Olympics.

Lochte's suspension ended on July 1, and he had planned on competing this week at the Los Angeles Invitational, but he pulled out, citing the birth last month of his first child.



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