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London 2012 medallists mugged at knifepoint in Rio

Clark (left) and Mills (right) were left fearing for their lives. Credit: PA

Two Olympic silver medallists were left fearing for their lives after being mugged at knifepoint in Rio de Janeiro.

Sailing duo Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, who came second in the women's 470 class at London 2012, were robbed as they walked back to their training base.

The former world champions have been in Brazil ahead of the Rio Olympics, due to take place in the summer of 2016.

Writing on their Facebook page, 470 Girls, they said:

Back in Rio for 2 weeks training. Top News Today: We've been mugged.

Our delightful walk back from the sailing club to the hotel turned fairly nasty when two guys wielding 7inch knives ran at us, pushed us around and grabbed everything we had.

Along with the things that were actually worth something, the most annoying thing right now is our lycra we were sailing in got taken. Unbelievable!!

Anyway, we made it back to the hotel slightly shaken but all okay.

– Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark

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Protesters and police clash near Copacabana beach

Protesters and police have clashed again near Copacabana beach in Brazil after demonstrators returned from the graveside of a man allegedly shot by the police this week in a nearby favela.

Copacabana beach on lockdown after night of violence

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ITV News Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:

According to news website G1, the man was mistaken as a drug dealer. The area is currently on lockdown by police.

Thousands of England fans are expected to travel to Rio in June and July, where the national team will be based during the 2014 World Cup.

IOC warns Rio it risks missing deadline for 2016 Games

The International Olympic Committee has sent a clear warning to the organisers of the Rio 2016 Games that "every second counts" after visiting the Brazilian city.

With just over two years to go, the IOC said that a "constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and its legacy".

It added: "Although progress is being made, each decision that is postponed and each subsequent delay will have a negative impact on delivery. Total focus and dedication are therefore required."

ITV News' Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who was at the news conference, tweeted:

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Protest by striking teachers turns violent in Rio

Masked demonstrators broke storefront windows and hurled petrol bombs in Rio de Janeiro last night after a protest by striking teachers turned violent.

A protester hurls a petrol bomb at the gates of the Municipal Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The protest started out peacefully with at least 10,000 demonstrators occupying one of Rio's major downtown boulevards.

A protesters throws a missile amid clouds of smoke in the capital Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Teachers have been on strike for better pay, but protesters were also angry at what they see as excessive use of police force on demonstrating teachers a week ago.

A bus burns after it was set on fire during demonstrations in the capital Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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