Olympic 2012 gold medalist Yannick Agnel faces rape allegation

Yannick Agnel, a French double gold medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, has been placed under investigation after charges of rape were leveled against him. Agnel is being investigated for “rape and sexual assault on a 15-year-old minor,” said the Mulhouse prosecutor’s office to AFP.

Agnel was arrested on Thursday from Paris. Following this, he was played under judicial supervision as well. The prosecutor revealed that the complaint dated back to 2016 and was filed by a swimmer who trained with Agnel at Mulhouse between 2014 and 2016.

The sports daily named L’Equipe reported that “several swimmers or former swimmers have been investigated in recent weeks,” whom the prosecutors think might have some knowledge of the incident. Agnel, who was the reigning Olympic champion at that time, joined the club around 2014 and trained there for almost two years.

Simultaneously, another French training club named MON is also being investigated for attempted Fraud. It is reported that the club has had disputes with several swimmers over the years, and Agnel is one of them. Earlier, the former Olympic gold medalist went to the local court to collect 60,000 euros owed to him by the club for a French Television contract.

Agnel came into the limelight in 2010, when he won gold in the 400-meter freestyle event at European Championship. He starred at the London Olympics two years later, winning two golds in 4X100m freestyle and 200m freestyle. He also secured a silver medal in 4X200m freestyle. However, he couldn’t replicate his outstanding performance in the 2016 Olympics and retired from the sport after that.