American swimmers Gunnar Bentz (Lt) and Jack Conger (2nd-R) leave the police station at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport after being detained on the plane that would travel back to the US. / AFP / TASSO MARCELO
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Brazilian police arrested two U.S. swimmers and a top International Olympic Committee official as scandal overshadowed the Rio Games and Usain Bolt's progress toward a new gold.Conger and Bentz along with star U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and squad member James Feigen said they were held up at gunpoint in the early hours of Sunday.However, U.S. television channel NBC quoted witnesses as saying the swimmers were at the party until daybreak.Hickey, an IOC executive member, head of the European Olympic Committees and the Irish national committee, spent Wednesday night in hospital after being detained at his luxury hotel.The arrests diverted attention from the sport in which Usain Bolt reached the final of the 200m -- the second of his target of three gold medal sweep of the Olympic sprint titles.While Bolt ran the season's best 19.78 sec, his American arch-rival Justin Gatlin, 34, failed to reach the final.
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