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Cambridge makes it three in a row over Oxford in University Challenge

Published 19/04/2016 | 00:11

Jeremy Paxman hosts University Challenge.
Jeremy Paxman hosts University Challenge.

Students from Cambridge's Peterhouse college stormed to victory over their Oxford rivals, claiming the title of University Challenge winners.

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The team won the highbrow BBC2 quiz for the first time, beating Oxford's St John's College by 215 points to 30. They also beat them during the show's quarter-finals.

The feat was a historic third consecutive win for Cambridge over Oxford.

Commenting on the result, host Jeremy Paxman, said: "You can do much better than that St John's as we've seen in many a previous match, but someone has got to win, and Peterhouse, that was a storming performance. Another storming performance from you."

Presenting the trophy was mathematician and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, Marcus du Sautoy.

He said: "I thought it was a phenomenal performance. But I am really impressed by how many maths questions there were.

"You're probably cursing the fact that there's a mathematician giving away the trophy, there were so many."

The winning team was captained by the final's only female contestant, Hannah Woods, a history PhD student, and also featured Thomas Langley, who is studying history, Oscar Powell, a student of geological sciences, and Julian Sutcliffe who also reads history.

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