Russian ex-swimmer robbed in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (IANS) Retired Russian swimmer Yevgeny Korotyshkin, silver medallist at the 2012 London Games, on Thursday become the victim of an armed robbery here amid the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“On my way to lunch at the Astor restaurant near Ipanema beach I was robbed by two armed men. I’m hurrying to tell everybody I am fine. We parted peacefully. I emptied my pockets in exchange for a thrilling story to tell my folks. It was a low-cost experience, but a very emotional one,” Korotyshkin wrote in Instagram on Thursday, reports TASS.

Korotyshkin wrapped up his professional career in April 2015. He is the holder of three world titles in swimming sprints. For many years he was the Russian national team’s leader.

In European sprint championships, he won top titles four times and in long distances, thrice. At the 2012 London Olympics Korotyshkin finished second in the men’s 100 metre breaststroke.

American Michael Phelps won the gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke at the London Games.

–IANS

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