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By Isaac Delestre
The man who forced The Boat Race to be restarted last April has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for causing a public nuisance.
Australian born Trenton Oldfield, 36, brought the iconic rowing event to a halt after he swam into the path of the racing boats as a “protest against elitism”.
The restarting of the event caused controversy after favourites Oxford broke an oar, allowing Cambridge to take the victory.
Oldfield’s conviction was helped by the testamony of four-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower Sir Matthew Pinsent, who served as assistant umpire of the race.
In a statement read to the court by Oldfield’s proecutor, Pinsent declared that ”The risk for the swimmer was great… He could have been killed if he had been struck by an oar or the rigging, which is metal.”
In addition to his jail sentence Oldfield has been ordered to pay £750 of costs.