Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race goes ahead despite bomb scare

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The shell that threatened the races

AFTER the skipper of a boat on the Thames reported that they had seen what appeared to be an unexploded Second World War bomb embedded in the mud on the Fulham side of Putney Bridge, the running of the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race was put in jeopardy.

As police and bomb squad operatives had to wait until low tide in order to examine the possible bomb, no decision was made until the morning of Sunday April 2 about whether the races had to be cancelled.

Once the ordnance was examined it thankfully tuned out to be an inert artillery shell and was removed safely so that the various races could then take place.


In the women’s event, Cambridge won by a large margin after the Oxford number 4 caught a crab at the start which meant that her eight never managed to recover.

In the men’s race, Oxford got off to a much quicker start than last year’s winners Cambridge and continued to hold the lead, beating Cambridge by just over a length.


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