United Kingdom boat race likely still on despite suspected WWII bomb

A major rowing race in London was closed to being called off, after an unexploded World War II bomb was found in the River Thames.

A day that began with a bomb scare ended with an explosion of joy from the Oxford supporters assembled at the finish line of the 163rd Boat Race.

For Ashton Brown, president of the Cambridge women's team, it was the ideal antidote to past year when she caught pneumonia after the team's boat was swamped.

The winning Oxford boat featured the Cook brothers, Jamie and Ollie, along with William Warr, who raced for Cambridge in 2015.

"It was hard work for a long time", Bowden said.

Rebecca Esselstein, in the number four seat, made a mistake with her oar, an error known as catching a crab, soon after the start at Putney. Clearly we want to win races and win more than we lose.

Race organisers said: "The Boat Races, which have a 188-year history, will be available globally on YouTube".

The latest victory was the 12th Bowden has overseen in 14 years, but was only secured after his crew had struggled to gel throughout the race's build-up.

The men's race was tightly fought, with a stronger start from Oxford giving the men's crew a slight lead, which was eventually built to one and a half lengths by the end of the course.

Cambridge were the favourites going into the race and their chances of emerging victorious over their old foes were enhanced substantially due to Oxford's woeful start to the race on the Thames. They saw their team justify their favouritism in a race they led from start to finish, albeit without their lead ever seeming insurmountable.

"Hats off to Cambridge - it was a good boat, we were just better on the day, that's what it's about".

He said: "We just did the job - we were clinical, but thanks so much to Cambridge".

"We're a very vocal crew and there was a lot of chat down the boat about making it a big margin, keeping up speed and it not being enough".

  • Salvatore Jensen