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.
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’.
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