A Brazilian diver has denied she kicked her synchronised partner out of their dorm so that she could romp with a canoeist.
Ingrid Oliveira was alleged to have banished teenage teammate Giovanna Pedroso from their Olympic Village room in Rio three years ago so she could sleep with compatriot Pedro Goncalves.
The female pair went on to finish last in the women’s 10-metre synchronised platform dive in a performance described as “pathetic” by local media, leading to a row which ended with their break-up.
Oliveira has now broken her silence to admit she had sex with Goncalves and confess she had made a mistake.
But in her first-ever interview about the scandal, she insisted she did not kick her diving partner out of their room and claimed she was one of many athletes who had romped during top-level competitions.
She also revealed she was bombarded with pornography by trolls and offers to star in sex films after she made headlines with her tryst.
The 22-year-old, currently training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, told sports website UOL Esporte: “I took Pedro to my room but it wasn’t the day before my dive as has been reported or the day before his competition.
“He didn’t spend the night with me and I didn’t banish anyone from the room.
“People don’t know, but in the Olympics it’s normal. You should have seen the number of condoms that were distributed in the Olympic Village.
“They were everywhere including the canteen and they weren’t there for people to make balloons.”
Describing the days after her night of passion became public as “horrible” and insisting she had been the victim of male chauvinism, she added: “What I did was wrong and I am aware of that. I tortured myself a lot.
“But the treatment I received was totally unjust and the story was completely distorted.
“I received pornography. I received proposals to do sex programmes, not TV programmes. And I lost work. I was attacked around the world.
“On Wikipedia I was described as the girl who does pole-vault. Stories were written about me that never happened. It was all because I’m a woman who had sex.