Cambridge University are beaten by Oxford in the 167th Men's Boat Race
Cambridge University suffered a first defeat in the Boat Race for five years.
Oxford University produced a dominant display in the 167th men’s race to win in a time of 16min 47sec.
Cambridge had won the toss and elected to take the Middlesex station, with the anticipation that they would be seeking to get off to a fast start.
However, any hopes of getting off to a flyer were countered by the Dark Blues, who were quickest off the stake boat.
Oxford were overwhelming favourites to take victory, and they did not let up in their pursuit of a first success since 2017.
They had built up a hefty advantage by the bend near Hammersmith Bridge, and went on to assert their authority for victory.
Oxford cox Jack Tottem: “Everything we’ve talked about, everything we’ve worked towards, it’s been six, seven months with this team and it’s been a dream for all of us. I’ve been watching the Boat Race for 10 years so to put in that kind of performance means a lot.”
Oxford have now won 81 Boat Races, narrowing the gap with Cambridge's 85.
In the reserve race, Oxford's Isis beat Cambridge's Goldie by three-and-a-half lengths.