Klete Keller, the American freestyle swimmer who famously helped finish Australia’s dominance within the 4x200m relay, was within the mob that stormed the US Capitol.
Keller was recognized by former teammates and coaches after a video posted by a reporter contained in the Capitol Rotunda was circulated on social media.
It exhibits 198cm Keller towering over the scrum as police try and push again the group. He’s carrying a US Olympic group jacket that had USA printed on the again.
Keller swum at three Olympics, beginning in Sydney in 2000 the place he claimed bronze behind Ian Thorpe within the Aussie’s dominant win within the 400m freestyle and silver as a part of the US males’s 4x200m freestyle relay group that was crushed by a world record-setting efficiency by an Australian group led by Thorpe and Michael Klim.
However he would have his revenge 4 years later in Athens because the additions of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to the American group noticed them finish Australia’s seven-year unbeaten run within the occasion. Keller swam the anchor and held off a fast-closing Thorpe by simply 0.13 seconds. He additionally set an American report whereas claiming one other bronze within the 400m freestyle, ending behind Thorpe and Grant Hackett.
Keller claimed his third gold in Beijing as a member of America’s 4x200m freestyle relay group, though he solely swum the warmth and was changed for the ultimate.
The 38-year-old has deleted his social media accounts however a number of the individuals who recognised him within the video have stated his pages have featured a stream of pro-Trump messaging lately.
One police officer and one protester had been killed within the violent clashes in Washington, whereas three extra died from medical emergencies.
Practically 100 folks have been arrested for his or her involvement and though the video didn’t present Keller performing any acts of violence he may nonetheless be pursued underneath costs of illegal entry.
The New York Occasions studies Keller had been working in actual property however his company has since eliminated his profile from its web site.