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Swimmers closing ceremony ban lifted at Rio 2016

Australian swimmer Emma McKeon will be allowed to attend the Olympic closing ceremony after successfully appealing against a ban.

McKeon, who won four medals in Rio, was disciplined after failing to return to the Olympic Village on Tuesday following a night out with team-mates.

The 22-year-old had chosen to stay with swimming friends in the Copa district without informing team management.

Fellow Australian swimmer Josh Palmer is still banned.

Palmer, who was fifth in his 100m breaststroke heat, headed to a beach kiosk with a friend and continued drinking. He claimed he was approached by a man who forced him to withdraw $1,000 in cash from a nearby machine.

McKeon, who won 4x100m freestyle relay gold, had sent Australia’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller a hand-written letter requesting her ban be lifted.

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