Jack Burnell Swimmer

  • DOB

    None
  • Coach

    Dave Hemmings
  • Club

    National Centre Loughborough
  • Main event

    Marathon
  • Best result

    European Medallist
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 3
    • 3
    • 2
Jack Burnell - Torso

Jack Burnell is currently Great Britain's top marathon swimmer, having competed at an Olympic Games and a quartet of World Championships.

Burnell's most recent Worlds outing came in Gwangju in 2019, when he placed 11th as part of the Mixed 5km Open Water team and 12th individually in his 10km Open Water race.

A year previously, he came even closer to medals at the European Championships, when he finished seventh in the 10km contest and just missed out on the podium with a fourth-placed finish in the team event. 

Burnell stormed to his first victory of 2017 at the FINA World Cup in Abu Dhabi, beating Olympic medallists en route to claiming the gold medal. At the World Championships earlier that year, he impressed but finished an agonising fourth behind Olympic champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands. 

The National Centre Loughborough athlete raced against the best at the Rio Olympics in 2016, as he competed in the Marathon Swimming event that began from the Copacabana Beach after earning the first named quota place for the 2016 Games with his fifth-placed finish at the World Championships the previous year. 

Ahead of the Olympics, Burnell placed himself on the European Open Water Championship podium as he claimed silver in the 10km in Hoorn, Netherlands, a result he matched at the World Cup event in Abu Dhabi that year. 

The 2015 World Championships in Kazan saw the distance swimmer record his best major international performance to date when he finished fifth in the 10km marathon - the result that secured that Rio 2016 spot. 

The year also brought two World Cup golds - in Hungary and Mexico - and a silver in Abu Dhabi. 

Burnell recorded two top-10 finishes at the European Championships in Berlin in 2014, a sixth and a seventh-placed finish in the individual 10km and 5km team events respectively. 

His first World Championships in 2013 saw continued progress, as he finished only 15 seconds behind the winner to place 15th in the men's 10km race. 

Burnell landed his first British Championships podium finish with bronze in the 1500m Freestyle at the London Aquatics Centre in 2012, before turning his attention to the open water for the 2013 season.

His first international stripes came in 2010, finishing fourth in the 1500m Freestyle at the 2010 European Junior Championships in Helsinki, having placed seventh in his first British Championship final over the same distance earlier in the year.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
400m Freestyle 2012 3:54.04
800m Freestyle 2013 7:58.29
1500m Freestyle 2014 15:14.64
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
400m Freestyle 2012 3:48.15
800m Freestyle 2009 8:03.70
1500m Freestyle 2013 14:48.20
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
Marathon (10km Open Water) 2016 - Rio DQ
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
Mixed 5km Open Water 2019 - Gwangju 55:31.10 11th
10km Open Water 2019 - Gwangju 1:48:09.90 12th
10km Open Water 2017 - Budapest 1:52:00.80 4th
10km Open Water 2015 - Kazan 1:50:05.8 5th
10km Open Water 2013 - Barcelona 1:49:30.6 15th
FINA World Cup
Event Year Time/Score Result
10km 2017 - Abu Dhabi 1:45:54.60 Gold
10km 2016 - Abu Dhabi 1:47:47.00 Silver
10km 2015 - Hungary 1:41:41.93 Gold
10km 2015 - Mexico 1:42:06.00 Gold
10km 2015 - Abu Dhabi 1:57:53.60 Silver
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
10km 2018 - Glasgow 1:49:37.1 7th
Team Event 2018 - Glasgow 52:51.3 4th
10km Open Water 2016 - Hoorn 1:55:21.20 Silver
10km Open Water 2014 - Berlin 1:50:04.1 6th
5km Open Water 2014 - Berlin 58:06.5 7th
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
1500m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 15:22.10 6th
400m Individual Medley 2015 - London 4:27.19 8th
400m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 3:56.77 14th
1500m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 15:14.64 Bronze
400m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 3:55.97 12th
800m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 7:58.29 Silver
1500m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 15:16.12 Silver
400m Freestyle 2012 - London 3:54.04 7th
1500m Freestyle 2012 - London 15:20.13 Bronze