Watch shocking moment BOAT gets in way of triathletes as raging commentator describes dangerous incident a ‘shambles’

THE start of the triathlon was delayed after a BOAT dangerous steered into the path of athletes about to jump into the water.

Day three of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics started in farcical fashion with a false start in the endurance event.

A boat was in the way of athletes as they dived into the water in shocking scenes5

A boat was in the way of athletes as they dived into the water in shocking scenesCredit: Reuters
This was the shocking incident that saw the triathlon off to a false start5

This was the shocking incident that saw the triathlon off to a false startCredit: BBC
The BBC commentator was seething at what he had witnessed5

The BBC commentator was seething at what he had witnessedCredit: BBC

Johnny Brownlee and Alex Yee are competing for Team GB in the triathlon – but it got off to a shocking start at the Odaiba Marine Park.

Only half of the athletes could jump into the water for the 1.5km swim, with a RIB boat block the other half’s entry.

BBC commentator Matt Chilton was raging at what he had seen.

He said: “I have never seen anything like that before at the start of a triathlon – let alone one at the Olympics. What a shambles.”

In the studio was GB triathlete Non Stanford.

She added: “I’ve never seen that – definitely not in the Olympics.

“Hopefully the guys who did jump in, it didn’t affect their race too much.”

And that was the reaction of stunned viewers on social media.

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Laura Barr tweeted that it was ‘absolutely chaos’ and ‘bloody ridiculous’ what happened.

Charlie Pittock echoed Chilton’s comments, posting that it was a ‘shambles of a start to the triathlon’.

Jane Bourne commented that ‘heads should roll’ for the ‘terrifying’ incident.

She added that ‘it’s a minor miracle that everyone’s actually alive and well’.

The triathlon got off to the worst possible start5

The triathlon got off to the worst possible startCredit: BBC
Many athletes were left stood on the platform with a boat in the way5

Many athletes were left stood on the platform with a boat in the wayCredit: BBC

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