Swimmer charged over Boat Race

The swimmer who forced the 158th boat race to be restarted has been charged with a public order offence. Oxford, who were leading before the interruption, went on to lose an oar and ultimately the race.

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Oxford rower's message to Trenton Oldfield: 'You are a mockery of a man'

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Thank you, everyone, for your support. April, it seems, can be the cruelest month. #thatssport

Yesterday Oxford rower William Zeng wrote on Twitter:

"When I missed your head with my blade I knew only that you were a swimmer, and if you say you are a protester then, no matter what you say your cause may be, your action speaks too loudly for me to hear you.

"I know, with immediate emotion, exactly what you you were protesting. You were protesting the right of seventeen young men and one woman to compete fairly and honorably, to demonstrate their hard work and desire in a proud tradition.

"You were protesting their right to devote years of their lives, their friendships, and their souls to the fair pursuit of the joys and the hardships of sport.

"You, who would make a mockery of their dedication and their courage, are a mockery of a man."

Boat race swimmer defends his actions

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With the severe deficit in democracy new sites of protest unfortunately have had to be found. Thames was chosen due 2 public display elitism

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Still waiting for someone to show me when elitism (seeing oneself above another) hasn't lead to oppression and tyranny?

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Thank you for the supportive messages and tweets. Will reply soon. I'm 100% behind my actions, if its jail time, so be it.

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'Boat Race highlights importance of Olympic security'

Lord Colin Moynihan, a former British Olympic coxswain and a current director of LOCOG, has told BBC Radio 5 Live that Saturday's Boat Race highlights the importance of security at the London Olympic Games.

It is so important to work closely with the police and security services to put in place every possible measure to protect the athletes...In many ways that is the biggest ask of the Games this summer.

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Oxford rower Alex Woods 'set to make full recovery'

Boat Race organisers Boat Race Company Limited have released an updated statement:

First and foremost, we are delighted that the Oxford Bowman Alex Woods is in a stable condition and looks set to make a full recovery.

It is very sad that the 158th Boat Race, which was heading towards a thrilling finale, was disrupted by a member of the public in a manner that risked serious injury to himself and the competing crews.

These incidents are planned for and we would like to congratulate both crews and The Race Umpire for their speed and professionalism in unfortunate circumstances as a result of which the protestor suffered no injuries.

Oxford crew: Alex Woods 'still clutching shirt from the race'

Oxford crew have emerged from Charing Cross Hospital after visiting rower Alex Woods, who collapsed in his boat at the race's finish.

Karl Hudspith, president of the Oxford University Boat Club, told ITV News that Woods is "still clutching his shirt from the race, which had been cut off him."

"They need to keep him in for another 12 hours - he'll be fine," he said.

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