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Source: Mitch Phillips Reuters, globalnews.ca, July 27, 2021

After declaring an “invalid start” with no blame attached to any competitors, the race got underway safely around 10 minutes later.

The men’s Olympic triathlon suffered a rare and embarrassing false start on Monday as half the field dived in while the others were blocked by a media boat, leading to frantic action by a mini-flotilla of boats and jet skis to haul back swimmers.

Fifty-six men lined up on a pontoon in Tokyo Bay for the 06.30 local start but as the starter sent them away for the opening 1,500 metre swim leg, around a third found their way blocked by a camera boat.

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