“A joke”: Lincoln swimmer Jack Burnell disqualified in Olympic swimming marathon event

Lincoln open water swimmer Jack Burnell has been controversially disqualified from the 10k marathon event after appearing to miss out on an Olympic medal by inches.

Scunthorpe-born Jack, 23, qualified for the games by finishing fifth in the World Championship 10km marathon swimming event in Kazan, Russia in 2015.

He was the first Team GB athlete to qualify for the Rio Olympics and was in medal contention throughout the nearly two-hour long race.

Despite what looked like an extremely close finish, Jack was sadly disqualified.

Despite what looked like an extremely close finish, Jack was sadly disqualified.

In a chaotic photo finish, Jack was credited with a bronze medal but replays appeared to show that he had just missed out on the touch.

After an agonising wait for the results to be officially announced, event organisers controversially disqualified Jack, presumably for impeding his competitors.

A furious Jack told BBC Sport: “The whole is thing a joke. I was disqualified two metres from the finish.

“My first yellow was coming down the straight back here and I was second, no one was either side of me and he pulls out a yellow card.

I couldn’t have physically touched anyone and I got a yellow card.

“I shook my head at the guy. This is meant to be the pinnacle of our sport and there are referees who haven’t a clue what they are doing.”

The chaotic photo finish at the end of the race

The chaotic photo finish at the end of the race

Jack was a former Lincoln Vulcans swimmer, and his parents Christine and David live in North Hykeham.

He is now based at the British Swimming headquarters in Loughborough.

Setting for the men's 10km marathon

Setting for the men’s 10km marathon

Dutchman Ferry Weertman won the race in a time of 1:52:59.8.

Greek swimmer Spyridon Gianniotis finished second in exactly the same time as the race winner.

Frenchman Marc-Antoine Oliver took the bronze medal.

Many readers of The Lincolnite have been giving their reaction to the disqualification on Twitter.