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Rio Olympics: Disqualified Jack Burnell vents his anger at race officials

Published 17/08/2016

Jack Burnell was disqualified after a second caution from officials
Jack Burnell was disqualified after a second caution from officials

Britain's Jack Burnell was left fuming and perplexed after being disqualified from the men's open water swimming when in medal contention.

Burnell was in the mix at the end of the 10km race, but was denied in the frantic finale.

Initially he was in a photo finish for third, behind winner Ferry Weertman of Holland, before being demoted to fifth and then disqualified for a second caution from officials.

The 23-year-old Loughborough swimmer said: "It was an absolute joke from start to finish. You've got the best guys in the world here, who have trained for four years, put a lot of hard work into this. This is the pinnacle of our sport and it's ruined by a couple of judges who want to stick their nose in, just because they want something to do.

"There were yellow cards left, right and centre. The first yellow that I got there was nobody either side of me. I couldn't physically have touched anybody, even if I had 6ft long arms.

"I just laughed at the guy. I looked at him and shook my head. He just nodded his head and showed me the yellow card."

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