Ryan Lochte, 3 other US swimmers robbed at gunpoint in Rio

The US Olympic Committee said armed individuals posing as armed police officers robbed the four swimmers.

USA's Ryan Lochte competes in a Men's 200m Individual Medley heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed four US athletes, including Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte, were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro this morning.

The committee released a statement saying Lochte was with Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen at the time of the incident; they are said to be unharmed.

It's understood the four swimmers were leaving the France House on Sunday morning and going to the Olympic village when "their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings," the statement added.

USA TODAY Sports quoted Lochte's mother Ileana as saying, "They just took their wallets and basically that was it."

Lochte won Gold as part of the Men's 4x200m freestyle relay in the Olympics.

The Rio state government has deployed a security force of 85,000 for the Olympics.