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2 U.S. swimmers detained in Rio for questioning

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>> US Olympic swimmers, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz detained in Rio Thursday, after being pulled from their flight by Brazilian police Wednesday night, and held for questioning. A local judge raising doubts over the swimmers' claims that they and two other teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio last weekend.
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Their Brazilian defense attorney speaking with reporters saying the two were shaken and confused about the judge's decision. Police also looking to question US gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte but he has already left the country. A fourth swimmer, James Feigen, is in contact with Brazilian authorities and plans to make statements to them Thursday.
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The swimmers said on Sunday they were robbed by gunman posing as police while returning to the athlete's village in a taxi in the early hours of Sunday after leaving a party. Lochte initially describing the incident to NBC this way.>> They pulled us over. They pulled out their guns.
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They told the other swimmers to get down on the ground. And then the guy pulled out his gun. He cocked it, put it to my forehead, he said get down, and I was like, I put my hands up. I was like, whatever.>> But later, giving a slightly modified version of the story to Today Show anchor, Matt Lauer.
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Saying the gun was not put to his head but pointed in his direction. And instead of being pulled over by the robbers, Lochte told Lauer the swimmers had stopped at a gas station. Lauer's saying Lochte feels his newly altered account is more of a quote, dramatic mischaracterization. The judge also noted video footage of the swimmers, showing them returning to the athlete's village, joking with each other, and in possession of many of their belongings.
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And although they testified to leaving the party just after 4 AM, security cameras showed them arriving at the Athlete's Village around 7 AM. A journey between the two normally taking only 30 minutes at that time. Rio police have issued an appeal for the taxi driver to come forward.
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None of the swimmers face charges.