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Cambridge win The 158th Boat Race

Updated: Saturday, 07 Apr 2012 15:54

The Cambridge (left) and Oxford (right) crews come together, resulting in a broken blade for Dr Hanno Wienshausen of the Oxford crew during the Xchanging University Boat Race The Oxford crew look on as a man swims in the water and disrupts the Xchanging University Boat Race
The Cambridge (left) and Oxford (right) crews come together, resulting in a broken blade for Dr Hanno Wienshausen of the Oxford crew during the Xchanging University Boat Race The Oxford crew look on as a man swims in the water and disrupts the Xchanging University Boat Race

Cambridge won the 158th Xchanging Boat Race today - but a potentially thrilling contest was ruined by an intruder in the River Thames.

Oxford held a slight advantage heading into the final bend when umpire John Garrett called a halt to the race after the swimmer narrowly avoided being hit by the blades from the Dark Blue boat.

The race was eventually restarted at the half-way point after a 31-minute delay.

Oxford pulled half a length clear when a clash left six man Dr Hanno Wienhausen with a broken oar.

At that point the race was over and Cambridge pulled clear to win.

Umpire Garrett warned Oxford cox Zoe de Toledo to move across just before the clash.

De Toledo argued the wash in the River Thames was too strong for her to move fast enough but her appeal was rejected.

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