Jack Burnell won the men's race in Abu Dhabi ©Getty Images

Two swimmers who were disqualified from the Rio 2016 Olympics triumphed at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Marathon Swimming World Cup leg in Abu Dhabi today.

Jack Burnell and Aurelie Muller both triumphed over 10 kilometres in the United Arab Emirates capital, at the second stop of the World Cup circuit.

Britain's Burnell received two yellow cards in the men's race but won today at the Emirates Palace, clocking 1hour 45min 54.6sec in his winning effort. 

That was enough to beat Dutch Olympic champion Ferry Weertman into second place with fellow Netherlands swimmer David Aubry coming third.

"At the end of the day, it's ticking that box and getting the first one under my belt since Rio," said Burnell. 

"I am out here to win every single race I go into, I am not out here to come second, third or fourth. 

"So for me it’s about turning up to races in the best possible shape I can and showing people what I can do."

Aurelie Muller won the women's race in the UAE city ©Getty Images
Aurelie Muller won the women's race in the UAE city ©Getty Images

France's Muller was stripped of her Olympic silver medal in Rio after being judged to have obstructed Italian Rachele Bruni.

She won in 1hour 52mins 35.4sec with Dutch Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal second.

Italy's Arianna Bridi came home third.

"It was good, very good, I was first," said Muller. 

"It was difficult for me after Rio so now is my first 10 kilometres after seven months and my goal before the race was top eight because it was the pre-qualification for the French team [for the World Championships in Budapest] so I am first and I am very, very happy. 

"It was a great race here."

Setubal in Portugal will host the third leg of the season on June 24.