Jack Burnell Bags Marathon Swim World Series 2018 Bronze in Portugal

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Jack Burnell has forced his way into the top three of the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series 2018 rankings after another medal-winning performance in Portugal on Saturday.

Burnell claimed a bronze medal at the third round of the series in Setubal, finishing the 10km open water swim in 1:56:23.22.

It follows on from his silver medal in the Seychelles last month, and sees him climb a place to third in the rankings.

Burnell (pictured right) beat Olympic champion Ferry Weertman to the final medal place, but fourth place for the Dutchman was enough to take him to the top of the standings.

Saturday's race was won by Hungary's Kristof Rasovszky, ahead of Italy's Mario Sanzullo in second. Previous series leader Simone Ruffini has dropped to second in the standings after coming home in eighth.

Fellow British swimmer Toby Robinson was 26th in 1:57:38.39, while Danielle Huskisson was 21st in the women's 10km race in a time of 2:09:20.69.

The next round of the eight-race series will take place in Balatonfüred, Hungary, on June 16. It then heads to Canada for two rounds in July and August, before completing the season in China and Abu Dhabi.