Trenton on trial
Trenton Oldfield, the boat race swimmer, is back in court today.
The swimmer who sabotaged this year’s Boat Race is due to go on trial later today.
At a hearing in May, Trenton Oldfield admitted that an incident took place on April 7, but contested whether it amounted to public nuisance or not.
The race was stopped when the Oxford and Cambridge boats were side by side near Chiswick Eyot, London. The 36-year-old Australian swam towards the boats as they were between the two and three-mile markers.
Former Olympic rower and assistant umpire Sir Matthew Pinsent was said to have alerted fellow adjudicators before the race was stopped and Oldfield, who narrowly avoided the blade of an Oxford oar, was pulled from the river.
It was the first time in history the boat race was disrupted by a swimmer. The race was restarted nearly half an hour later and Cambridge went on to win after Oxford broke an oar.