British Olympic Athlete Held up at Gunpoint in Rio

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Rio de Janerio

Team GB has been advised against leaving the athletes' village following the incident.

Just after the same thing reportedly happened to U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, a British athlete competing in the Olympics has been held up at gunpoint in Rio.

According to The Guardian, the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning during a night out on the town. While the unnamed athlete is reportedly unharmed, the news has led to a warning issued to competitors that are members of the British delegation, aka Team GB, about leaving the athletes' village.

In an email, athletes were told to inform management of their movements and not to wear their kit outside of the village.

"This makes you too big a target for theft/crime," it warned, adding that athletes must avoid using anything other than organized transport to leave the village after dark. "If you are planning on going out after dark and have no way of returning other than via taxi, do not go out."

The British team has been enjoying its most successful Olympics of all time, currently with 19 gold medals, matching China.

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