This Olympic athlete racked up a huge bill because of Pokemon Go

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Athletes might be limbering up for the biggest sporting event of the year in Rio, but that's not stopping them from playing the biggest (non-sporting) game of the year in their down time.

And one Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast has been so enamoured with Pokemon Go that he completely forgot the extra cost he might incur from roaming charges, racking up one huge phone bill as a result.

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Japan's Kohei Uchimura, a gold medal-winner at the London 2012 games and hot favourite to win again in Rio, was landed with a £3,700 charge for playing the game in Brazil after arriving for pre-games training.

“He looked dead at the team meal that day," said teammate Kenzo Shirai, after Uchimura had discovered the charges.

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Luckily, his phone carrier spared him the charges, the Japan Times reports.

Not that he couldn't have sorted out some way to pay it off - Uchimura is after all the 30th most marketable Olympic athlete in the world, according to City A.M.'s newly published Rio 50 list of the most bankable stars of the games.

Perhaps the makers of Pokemon Go should give him a call?

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