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Police have reportedly recommended that two US swimmers, James Feigen and gold medallist Ryan Lochte, face charges for falsely reporting a crime.
Rio police are considering whether to charge Feigen and Lochte with vandalism and giving a false testimony after the pair and two other US swimmers claimed they were robbed at gunpoint.
The other two, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, are en route back to the United States after a judge lifted an order seizing their passports and keeping them in the country.
The four athletes claimed they were robbed as they travelled back to the Athletes' Village after a party on Sunday.
Their version of events has been questioned by police, with one official saying that Bentz and Conger had admitted to fabricating their story.
Rio's civil police chief Fernando Veloso earlier said: "No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed."
CCTV footage shows US swimmers embroiled in gun-point robbery allegations arriving at a party while the incident was supposed to be happening
He told a news conference that the four men had been inebriated and rowdy at a gas station after a night of partying, breaking down a bathroom door, a soap dispenser and a mirror.
A security guard then confronted them and, after the station manager arrived, the swimmers handed over an unknown amount of money before leaving, police said.
Bentz and Conger earlier had their passports seized by the authorities for failing to cooperate with police enquiries.
The charge of falsely reporting a crime does not carry any prison time, Mr Veloso is reported to have said.
The four had said they were in a taxi in the early hours of the morning when armed men carrying police badges pulled them over
Lochte initially NBC's Today show: "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground - they got down on the ground.
"I refused, I was like: we didn't do anything wrong, so I'm not getting down on the ground."
Doubts were raised about their account after records of Olympic Village X-ray machines suggested the men were carrying the belongings which they claimed had been stolen in police statements.
Judge Keyla Blanc also said she was puzzled by video footage of the swimmers apparently laughing and joking as they returned to the village.
"They arrived with their psychological and physical integrity unshaken," she wrote.
Lochte returned to the United States on Monday, while police say Feigen remains in Brazil.
Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, has said there is no question the robbery happened.
Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereria said the allegations had "worldwide repercussions", telling Globo that they "denigrated the image of our country, of the Olympics in our house."
Rio spokesman Mario Andrada, though, said the swimmers deserved "a break".
He said: "They are competing under gigantic pressure. Let's give these kids a break.
"Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. They had fun. They made a mistake. Life goes on."
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