First came the opprobrium and now comes the financial hit.
A tearful Ryan Lochte has said sorry to his US swimming team-mates, his family and the people of Brazil for a “stupid mistake” at a Rio gas station that overshadowed the final week of the Olympic Games.
After all that frustration, here, at last, was some release.
The much-billed clash between Michael Phelps and his fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte in the men's 400m individual medley ended with a resounding victory for Lochte, who left his rival trailing in fourth place.
London 2012 organisers have promised a "full review" after thousands of empty seats were visible across various venues on the first day of competition.