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Jack
Burnell
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Male
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 June 1993
Residence
Loughborough, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - University of Derby: England

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He switched from the pool to open water swimming for the 2013 season.
Why this sport?
"I was originally a 1500m pool swimmer and, if I'm honest, it bored me a bit. Eight lanes, eight people against you, same temperature water, you turn up and you're indoors all day. It wasn't my cup of tea. Being introduced to open water swimming through the Talent ID programme really opened my eyes to the tactics and a completely different dimension to the sport of swimming which I'd not experienced in the pool."
Club / Team
NC Loughborough: England
Name of coach
Bernie Dietzig [national]
Training Regime
He swims up to 80km per week in training.

General Interest

Hobbies
Supporting English football team Chelsea FC. (Twitter profile, 20 May 2018)
Injuries
He suffered two broken ribs in 2018. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Without hard work and dedication, dreams stay dreams and never become reality." (jackburnell.co.uk, 06 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named England's Amateur Swimming Association [ASA] 2015 and 2016 Open Water Performance Athlete of the Year. (swimswam.com, 16 Nov 2015; swimming.org, 02 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (bbc.co.uk, 17 Jul 2017)
Other information
RIO NIGHTMARES
He has suffered with depression and recurring nightmares following his disqualification in the 10km open water event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He blamed his late disqualification on being impeded and hauled back by Tunisian Oussama Mellouli in the closing stages of the race. "The guy that should have got disqualified is the guy that stopped me, Mellouli. He grabbed my leg. He was holding my leg not for one, two, three, but for four or five strokes, so I had to turn round to try to get him off. Sometimes I forget and I don't think about it for a few days, but then there'll just be something that triggers the memory. Then I'm feeling depressed about it and I think about how it was four years of hard work down the drain. I'll be laying in bed and I can sometimes feel his hand on my leg. At that point it sends shivers down my spine." (bbc.co.uk, 17 Jul 2017; skysports.com, 16 Aug 2016)