Student celebrates challenge win

A STUDENT is celebrating after he and his teammates braved tough questions and a terrifying quizmaster to conquer the world of University challenge.David Cox, a third year maths undergraduate at Magdalen College in Oxford, took his seat in the final, which was aired last night.

A STUDENT is celebrating after he and his teammates braved tough questions and a terrifying quizmaster to conquer the world of University challenge.

David Cox, a third year maths undergraduate at Magdalen College in Oxford, took his seat in the final, which was aired last night.

And the old rivalry between two of Britain's most prestigious universities was played out again as Mr Cox, from Ipswich, who is also a keen rower, faced his opponents from Gonville and

Caius College, from Cambridge.


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The Magdalen team emerged victorious with a score of 190 to 160 and there were extra celebrations at the Oxford University campus as it was the first time one institution claimed the University Challenge trophy for the third time.

Mr Cox, a former Ipswich School pupil, said last night : "It really does feel like quite an achievement".

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He originally decided to try out for the team after seeing posters around his college in his first year advertising for contenders. More than a term was spent fielding questions before the winning team was picked on the basis of scores and poise under pressure.

However Mr Cox, 21, admitted preparation did not always come in the form of swatting up from encyclopaedias and textbooks.

He said: "I am normally the science person as everyone else is history and classics. I had to brush up my science knowledge as well as popular songs.

"We did have quite a lot of time going to a pub and using their Millionaire machines and things like that. It was quite good fun. We do get on really well as a group of people."

Despite all the time in training the quarter, semi and final rounds of the quiz were exhaustingly played in one weekend up in Manchester.

Mr Cox said: "It was interesting trying to sleep knowing that we had the semi and final coming up. It was even worse as we had travelled over on the train and my brain was pretty sleepy."

The team managed to fight off tiredness, tough questions as well as the Cambridge team to win and after the show Jeremy Paxman was on hand in the green room with champagne and signed question cards for the team to take home.

However Mr Cox has had to keep his win to himself for the last six months until the programme was broadcast and is now looking forward to some more celebrations.

He said: "It was filmed back in October and before the first one was shown on television. It's been quite exciting as I haven't told anyone at home that we won."

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