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Oxford Cambridge boat race on River Thames stopped by protest

Saturday, April 7, 2012
2:40 PM

The Oxford versus Cambridge boat race was stopped when a protestor swam into the path of the teams on the River Thames, today.

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In rocky conditions, the crews were forced to pause just over halfway along the course at around 2.25pm, today (Saturday).

Officials made the decision for the boats to reverse and re-start the race near to Hammersmith Bridge, following the protest near Chiswick Eyot.

No similar incident involving a swimming protestor has occurred in the history of the race between England’s two top universities, said the BBC in its TV broadcast.

The 2001 race was suspended as a result of a collision between the boats.

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