Aussie protester wrecks Oxbridge boat race
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Aussie protester wrecks Oxbridge boat race

Oxford : United Kingdom | Apr 08, 2012 at 1:49 AM PDT
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Swimmer halted boat race

Dramatic halt for Boat Race :An Australian who disrupted England's iconic Oxford-Cambridge boat race has been bailed and charged with a public disorder offence.

This was the 158th running of one of England's oldest sporting rivalries between two of the country's leading universities.

Trenton Oldfield, a self-styled anti-elitist campaigner who swam into the path of competing crews of Oxford and Cambridge.

He narrowly avoided the blade of an Oxford oar as he swam into the path of the vessels between the two and three-mile marker on Saturday afternoon.

Umpire John Garrett halted the race after reserve umpire and former British Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent spotted what he thought was debris in the water, which then turned out to be a swimmer.

The 35-year-old Australian activist gave a warning of his protest online, on a blog post titled "ELITISM LEADS TO TYRANNY".

"This is a protest, an act of civil disobedience, a methodology of refusing and resistance," he wrote.

The 158th race was stopped for almost half an hour.Oxford, who had been favored to win, broke an oar, allowing their rival to win back the title.

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