Boat Race organisers ask defeated Oxford crew to make clear illness claims

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Boat Race organisers ask defeated Oxford crew to make clear illness claims

Organisers of the Boat Race have contacted Oxford to hunt additional readability on the reason for the illness bug that struck down a number of members of their males’s workforce.

Cambridge triumphed within the girls’s and males’s Blue races on Saturday following an unusually high-profile buildup to the historic occasion, after River Motion UK discovered dangerously excessive ranges of E coli micro organism on the River Thames course.

Within the aftermath of their defeat Lenny Jenkins, the Oxford seven seat, and the cox, William Denegri, drew consideration to the sickness that hit Oxford’s preparation and efficiency.

“We’ve had a couple of guys go down fairly badly with E coli pressure,” Jenkins advised the BBC on Saturday. “This morning I used to be throwing up … It will have been excellent to not have a lot poo within the water.”

An announcement launched by organisers on Sunday morning stated: “The Boat Race is conscious of Leonard Jenkins’ feedback a few illness bug affecting their preparations this week. We’re not able to take a position concerning the causes of this illness bug however now we have contacted Oxford College Boat Membership to hunt additional readability.”

Leonard Jenkins, third from the best within the close to Oxford boat, claimed he vomited on the morning of the race. {Photograph}: Warren Little/Getty Pictures

Earlier than the occasion River Motion stated Thames Water discharged sewage into the Higher London space of the river for 1,914 hours from the beginning of 2024 as much as 26 March.

River Motion’s chief government, James Wallace, stated it was a “tragic scenario when elite athletes are issued with well being steerage forward of a historic race on the capital’s river.”

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Thames Water has blamed excessive rainfall for the issue, however the authorities is beneath growing stress to behave. Renationalisation of Thames Water isn’t being dominated out following shareholders’ refusal to launch funding in a standoff with the business regulator.

“It’s clearly not an excellent scenario,” stated the Cambridge males’s coach, Rob Baker, after his workforce’s victory on Saturday. “We’d like cleaner waterways, I believe that’s honest to say. We’d wish to not have such a danger for our athletes.”


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