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Olympic gold-medal sailor tells of gunpoint robbery in Rio

Spain's Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Fernando Echavarri says he's "lucky to have survived" after being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic gold-medal sailor tells of gunpoint robbery in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Spain's Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Fernando Echavarri says he's "lucky to have survived" after being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro as he and two fellow Spaniards walked to breakfast.

Echavarri spoke with The Associated Press on Monday -- three days after the incident -- and says "we were too confident, and being confident in Rio is not a good thing."

Echavarri and members of the Spanish team have been training in Rio for almost two weeks, preparing for South America's first Olympics, which open in 2 1/2 months.

Street violence is endemic in Rio. About 85,000 soldiers and police will guard the city during the Olympics, and last week the head of security for the state of Rio de Janeiro called for soldiers to immediately start patrolling the city.


Updated : 2021-07-26 10:40 GMT+08:00