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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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