The race saw Oxford controlling since the beginning, and comfortably taking the lead for the first few instances. However, things changed right before the entrance to the last corner, when a man, swimming in the Thames, obstructed Oxford’s boat, causing for a suspension of the race.
John Garrett, the umpire for this year’s race, schedule for a restart that took place soon after. With the competition resumed, Oxford broke one of its oars when it clashed against Cambridge’s boat, effectively ending their hopes for a back-to-back win. Protests coming from Oxford were useless, as Mr Garrett judged Cambridge innocent, blaming Oxford for the incident.
As the race ended, Dr Alex Woods from Oxford lost consciousness, and had to be taken off the boat for medical assistance. News on Woods conditions are still not available.
Without a doubt, this year’s competition will be remembered for the years to come.