Jack Burnell is furious at his disqualification from the men's open water marathon and so is everyone else


The men's 10k Olympics open water swimming ended in chaos today, as Jack Burnell was disqualified at the end of the race.

The marathon race ended as Burnell crossed the line with a number of other swimmers in a fight for the bronze, prompting a photo-finish.

Shortly after the results were published, showing Burnell in fifth place, he was disqualified.

Upon hearing the news, Burnell launched into a blistering rant about the race and officials, calling it "an absolute joke".

In an interview with the BBC he said: "This is meant to be the pinnacle of our sport and we have referees out there who don't know what they are doing."

Swimmers in the men's open water marathon (Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

He also claimed to have been a victim of cheating himself, saying: "We're all coming in a line, all the best guys in the water.

"I feel a hand on the back of my leg which stops me dead, I take a couple of strokes and he's still on my foot."

Twitter was ablaze with supportive tweets for Burnell, many commenting on the unfairness of the decision and commending his rant to the BBC as honest.

Slagging off the judges when your appeal is going through may not be the best approach though.