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'Dumb and dumber' to be sent home early from London

Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk will be sent home from the London Olympics immediately after the final day of the swimming events as punishment for posting inappropriate images on social network sites this week.

The Australian Olympic Committee has decided to send the duo back to Australia at the conclusion of their commitments in London as a result of images posted of the two swimmers brandishing guns while competing in California a fortnight ago. The pair were quickly tagged "Dumb and Dumber" after an image became public. D'Arcy and Monk have also been banned from blogging and using any social media sites throughout the games, including Twitter and Facebook.

In a letter sent to both athletes, Chef de Mission, Nick Green stated that previous behavioural issues of the two swimmers had been taken into account by the AOC.

"Given this incident and our previous discussions concerning your conduct, I now have concerns regarding your lack of judgment," Green said .

"As a member of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team, and as I have reminded you on previous occasions, it is an honour and a privilege to be a member of an Australian Olympic Team.

"Australian Olympians are required to meet very high standards of conduct and we cannot risk the reputation of the Team through non-compliance with the Team Membership Agreement."

D'Arcy and Monk will be withdrawn from the athletes village in London on August 4.