Swimmer drowns after tweet

Luxury car maker Jaguar has cut its sponsorship of Australia swimmer Stephanie Rice, a triple Olympic gold medallist, after she sent a tweet using an anti-gay slur.

Stephanie Rice tweeted after Australia’s rugby union team, the Wallabies, defeated South Africa’s Springboks.

The swimmer, who won both individual medleys at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was part of the Australia’s victorious 4×200 freestyle team, later apologised and removed the comment.

“I made a comment on Twitter in the excitement of the moment. I did not mean to cause offence and I apologise,” she wrote in a blog on her website.

But Jaguar Australia general manager Kevin Goult announced that his company has withdrawn its sponsorship.

“Jaguar Australia today terminated its relationship with Stephanie Rice, who has been an ambassador for the Jaguar brand in Australia since the start of 2010,” he said.