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Swimmer Ryan Lochte tears knee ligament during fan encounter

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Swimmer Ryan Lochte tears knee ligament during fan encounter
Ryan Lochte attends the Cartoon Network's 3rd annual Hall of Game Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on February 9, 2013. UPI/Phil McCarten | License Photo

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte sustained a torn knee ligament during an encounter with an excited teenage fan, his publicist said Tuesday.

Lochte's representative told USA Today in a statement the five-time gold medalist suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and a sprained anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee as a result of a "freak injury" Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

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The statement said a young female fan ran at Lochte, who caught her while the two tumbled over. The swimmer was injured when his knee hit a curb.

The girl was unharmed.

Lochte "will be taking a break from training and competition," it said. "His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes."

Lochte, a Florida native, has trained in Gainesville for much of his career.

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