US swimmer Feigen makes payment and leaves Brazil amid 'robbery' scandal


The last of the four American Olympic swimmers involved in a highly-publicised incident at a Rio petrol station is on his way back to the US.

The US Olympic Committee says James Feigen is on a flight that left Rio late on Friday night, after he paid £8,260 to a Brazilian charity, and his passport was returned.

Earlier this week, a judge ordered it be seized while police investigated what swimmer Ryan Lochte initially described as an armed robbery.

Police said the robbery story was fabricated and that the four swimmers involved vandalised a petrol station toilet early on Sunday after a night of partying.

Ryan Lochte in the swimming pool(Martin Meissner/AP)
(Martin Meissner/AP)

Feigen's departure came after Lochte apologised for his behaviour in a post on Instagram, saying he should have been more "careful and candid" about how he described what happened.

He did not explain why he embellished details of an encounter with armed security guards and called it a robbery, and why he omitted to say that he and his three team-mates had damaged the toilet.

Instagram photo by Ryanlochte * Aug 19, 2016 at 2:11pm UTC

The robbery controversy deeply hurt Brazilians, who were eager to prove they could get street crime under control and host a safe Olympics.

USA Swimming is expected to convene its executive board to discuss likely punishment. Technically, the four could be fined, suspended or expelled.

While we are thankful our athletes are safe, we do not condone the lapse in judgement and conduct that led us to this point," USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus said.

"It is not representative of what is expected as Olympians, as Americans, as swimmers and as individuals."