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Report: Lochte tore MCL catching fan

(SportsNetwork.com) - Five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte was injured during a fan encounter over the weekend, according to a report.

Lochte suffered a torn MCL and sprained ACL in his left knee Sunday in Florida after catching a fan who ran at him and hitting his knee on the curb when the two fell to the ground, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The fan, a teenage girl, wasn't hurt, according to the report.

Lochte's publicist called the incident "a freak accident" and said the swimmer "will be taking a break from training and competition."

"His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes," the publicist said in a statement.

Lochte won five medals at last year's London Olympics, including two golds. He has 11 total medals from three Summer Games -- five gold, three silver and three bronze.

In London, he made a splash by winning the 400-meter individual medley on the opening night of swimming in a much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps, who finished fourth. Phelps later beat Lochte in the 200 IM.

11/05 20:31:18 ET