Rogue Thames Swimmer Halts Boat Race

April 7, 2012 by staff 

Rogue Thames Swimmer Halts Boat Race, Cambridge beat Oxford in a bizarre and chaotic University Boat Race which featured an intruder in the River Thames, a broken oar and an ailing oarsman. Cambridge won the 158th edition of the race but the event would have sparked security concerns just 111 days before the start of the London Olympics after the appearance of a swimming intruder forced the umpire to halt the contest near the halfway mark with the crews racing close together.

A man wearing a black wetsuit was almost hit by the oars of the Oxford crew before he was hauled out of the river and arrested by police for a public order offence. Organisers said he had been taken into custody at a west London police station.

Media named the man as 35-year-old Trenton Oldfield.

A blog entitled “Elitism leads to Tyranny” and posted soon after the race indicated he was protesting against elitism as represented by rowers from Britain’s premier universities.

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