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    Oxford Vs Cambridge Boat Race Interrupted By A Swimming Protester In The Thames

    The race is going to be restarted.

    Not sure what the protest was about.

    Edit: 14:46: The race is due to be restarted from Chiswick Eyot.

    Edit 2: Oxford has a broken oar.
    Last edited by DaveP; 7th April 2012 at 02:58 PM. Reason: Add detail to the post.

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    bad decision personally

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    sorry, I hate the boatrace as much as the next person but the idiot swimmer deserved to be belted on the head with an oar. Out of the water.

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    The guy at the back of the boat for Oxford [Alex Woods] is now receiving medical attention having been collapsed in the back of the boat for about 5 mins or so after the end of the race.

    Hope he is OK.

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    Been having an interesting conversation on twitter about the animosity against the boat race ... partly agains the toff-ness of it and partly about the exclusive nature of rowing.

    I know some folk have issues with Oxbridge and how people get in there, and I know that some sports are difficult to get into due to not having access to start at an early age ... but to see folk having a go at the 'English toffs in the boats' without looking at the make up of the crews, what they are studying and their background ... it makes little sense.

    Still ... as for the decision ... considering the amount of time the referee had been screaming at the crews to keep their distance and the number of times it was aimed at Oxford ... it is hard for Oxford to moan about it.

    I just hope all the athletes recover and well done to the winners.

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    A Twitter account has been setup: @ThamesSwimmer. There are 345 followers already.

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    Heh, just never liked it, thought it was a little bit too, well, old fashioned for the sake of it. However, we remain the best sailors in the world and as we're not that good at much apart from rowing and making/driving sports cars, it's worth hanging onto it. It probably is a bit of the toff-ness that does it for me

    Didn't know anyone was hurt - is that as a result of this protestor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    ...Didn't know anyone was hurt - is that as a result of this protestor?
    It does not appear to be as a result of the actions of the swimmer. He was able to row at the restart. It seems he collapsed after Oxford crossed the finish line. The result of his exertions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Heh, just never liked it, thought it was a little bit too, well, old fashioned for the sake of it. However, we remain the best sailors in the world and as we're not that good at much apart from rowing and making/driving sports cars, it's worth hanging onto it. It probably is a bit of the toff-ness that does it for me

    Didn't know anyone was hurt - is that as a result of this protestor?
    He collapsed through exhaustion probably. Was sitting upright in the boat as the.coverage finished

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    Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race: Swimmer Halts Race In Thames | UK News | Sky News

    Swimmer Arrested After Halting Boat Race

    A swimmer who disrupted the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

    The two rowing crews were forced to stop after the man, named by Sky sources as Trenton Oldfield, a director of a group called This is Not a Gateway, swam out into the Thames.
    The blades of both teams' oars narrowly missed the swimmer as they passed either side of him.

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    Public order offence for:

    'Going for a swim in the Thames'

    Could be worse I suppose, you could pitch a tent outside a church......

    This is why this country is a pathetic joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Public order offence for:

    'Going for a swim in the Thames'

    Could be worse I suppose, you could pitch a tent outside a church......

    This is why this country is a pathetic joke.
    I think in normal circumstances going for a swim in the thames would be fine - Its the fact the river is closed (to boats) that it becomes a public order offence.

    All boats on the river where part of the race though.

    Does anybody know how the Oxford rower is? I havn't seem any more info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Public order offence for:

    'Going for a swim in the Thames'

    Could be worse I suppose, you could pitch a tent outside a church......

    This is why this country is a pathetic joke.
    Yeah ... you could race an F1 car down the London Marathon course whilst the elite and club athletes are on it.

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