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Olympic Gold Medallist Klete Keller Part Of The Mob That Stormed US Capitol

Olympic Gold Medallist Klete Keller Part Of The Mob That Stormed US Capitol

Most of the crowd that stormed the US Capitol last week have been named and shamed already.

But the latest person to be identified in the mob isn't just your Average Joe.

It turns out three-time Olympic gold medallist Klete Keller was also there on that dark day that resulted in one police officer and a protester losing their lives.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
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With new videos of the invasion being posted online every day, it wasn't long before the swimming community noticed a very familiar face in the crowd.

It's understood Keller's former coaches and teammates help identify him, made even easier by the fact he was donning an exclusive athlete-issued US Olympic team jacket.

If he was trying to remain unseen, well, that's his first problem right there.

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And while the hardly inconspicuous spray jacket made him easy to pick out among the angry mob, other clips that surfaced on social media show the six-foot-five-inch man mountain standing out like a sore thumb among the other Donald Trump supporters.

Keller has since deleted all of his social media accounts.

But it appears he's actually quite well known to us Aussies too.

He was the bloke that handed swimming legend Ian Thorpe his first defeat in over seven years back at the 2004 Olympics.

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The men's swimming team that represented the US at Athens. Credit: PA
The men's swimming team that represented the US at Athens. Credit: PA

It was the men's 4×200-metre freestyle relay in Athens where Keller's heroics (as well as having Michael Phelps at their disposal) helped the United States see off Australia to earn gold.

Keller also won medals at the Sydney 2000 Games and at Beijing in 2008.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: olympics, Video, Australia

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Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.