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The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race 2012


The 158th University Boat Race was possibly the most dramatic in the 184-year
history of the event, though memorable for perhaps the wrong reasons. This is
how events unfolded ....

1. Oxford started the race as favourites.

 2. Cambridge won the toss and chose the Surrey station.

3. Oxford embark.

4. This was Oxford boat manager Patrick Lockley's last race before his retirement.

5. Oxford made a confident start ...

6. ... and the crews were level approaching Hammersmith Bridge.

7. Blades clashed under Hammersmith Bridge

 8. At Chiswick Pier, Oxford were impeded by a swimmer in the water.

9. The race was stopped ...

10. ... and the swimmer arrested by the police.

11. Heavy wash from the flotilla following the eights meant that the race could not be restarted immediately.

12. A coxing error led to the crews clashing blades shortly after the re-start ...

13. ... causing the oar of Oxford six man Hanno Wiesenhausen to break.
14. At that moment Cambridge were assured of victory ...
15.  ... and built up an unassailable lead approaching Barnes Bridge.
16. Oxford appealed to the umpire on crossing the finish line ...

17 ... as bow man Alex Woods passed out ...

18. ... and Cambridge celebrated.

19. Four minutes after crossing the finish line Oxford bow man Alex Woods was still unconscious.

20. His crew mate, William Zeng, attempted to revive him, watched by anxious parents.

21. The devastated Oxford cox, Zoe de Toledo, was consoled by the Isis cox, Katie Apfelbaum ....

22. ... while Assistant Umpire, Sir Matthew Pinsent, gave an account of the race to BBC presenter Clare Balding.

 23. The prize-giving ceremony was cancelled ...

24. ... to the bemusement of London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who was due to present the prizes.

25. Alex Woods was stretchered ashore ...

26. ... and escorted to a waiting ambulance by his anxious crew mates, ...

27. ... while Cambridge came to terms with their victory.

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Revised : April 12, 2012.