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Olympic Gold Medalist among Capitol Hill Rioters

Olympic Gold Medalist among Capitol Hill Rioters Photo: TT
Olympic Gold Medalist among Capitol Hill Rioters

A former Olympic gold medallist is facing criminal charges in connection with the Capitol Hill riot in Washington DC last week.

Klete Keller was identified by law enforcement officers as one of the people who illegally entered the building in scenes that shocked America and the rest of the world, as a mob ran amok for several hours before order was finally restored. A number of people were injured, and five people subsequently died.

Now 38, Keller has been charged, inter alia, with obstruction of justice, illegally entering and remaining in the building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct.

Keller helped the identification process, not only because of his height he is six feet six inches tall but also because he chose to wear his Team USA jacket on the day, with distinctive sponsorship logos on it.

The former swimmer is one of hundreds of people who have been arrested by the police and the FBO as investigations continue into exactly what happened. The mob, all supporters of Donald Trump, were inflamed by a speech that he gave at a rally beforehand, urging them to take back control of the government, as he repeated his baseless claims that the 2020 Presidential election had been stolen from them.

In response to his actions, a week afterwards, the House of Representatives passed a vote for trump to become the first US President to be impeached twice.

Keller took part in three Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and won five medals in all, three of them gold in freestyle relay events.

His actions have already cost him his job. He had been employed by a real estate firm as an independent contractor, but when journalists contacted them and pointed out his involvement with the riot, they immediately cut all ties with him.

If found guilty, he could face a potential custodial sentence.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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