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Oxford win controversy-free Boat Race

There were no problems this time, after last year’s race had been controversially disrupted by a protester.

Oxford celebrate victory over Cambridge in the 159th Boat Race on the River Thames.
Oxford celebrate victory over Cambridge in the 159th Boat Race on the River Thames.

FAVOURITES OXFORD SURGED to victory over Cambridge in the 159th Boat Race on Sunday, a year after the 2012 event had been controversially disrupted by a protester.

Last year’s race, won by Cambridge, had to be restarted after Australian Trenton Oldfield swam into the path of the two boats in a protest against elitism and government cuts.

He was released from prison in December after serving seven weeks of a six-month sentence for causing a public nuisance.

Amid tightened security on the River Thames, Oxford powered home to win the 4.2-mile (6.8-kilometre) race by a length and a half, trimming Cambridge’s overall lead in the event to 81-77.

Oxford and Cambridge, Britain’s two oldest universities, contested their first race in 1829 and have competed against each other every year since 1856, barring years interrupted by war.

© AFP, 2013

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