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Cambridge University win the 76th Women's Boat Race. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk. (55847379)
Cambridge University win the 76th Women's Boat Race. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk. (55847379)

Cambridge University secured a two-length victory in a course record time in the 76th Women's Boat Race.

The Light Blues made it five wins in a row against their Oxford University counterparts, clocking a time of 18min 22sec, which was 7.83sec quicker than their Dark Blue rivals.

Cambridge lost the toss and were handed the Middlesex station, giving Oxford the advantage of the inside on the long Surrey bend.

However, that proved immaterial as the Light Blues made a flying start which they were never to concede.

Cambridge University win the 76th Women's Boat Race. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk. (55847803)
Cambridge University win the 76th Women's Boat Race. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk. (55847803)

When they had clear water, Cambridge cox Jasper Parish took his crew across river into Oxford water, a move that was to lead to an appeal at the end of the race that was dismissed by umpire John Garrett.

The Light Blues looked relaxed in their stroke throughout the course and never ruffled, despite Oxford attempting to up the stroke rate in attempts to get back in the race throughout its duration.

Cambridge University win the 76th Women's Boat Race. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk. (55847346)
Cambridge University win the 76th Women's Boat Race. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk. (55847346)

As Cambridge crossed the line in first place, it sparked celebrations under Chiswick Bridge which continued onto the beach at Mortlake, as they clinched their 46th win in the series of races.

There was further good news for the Cambridge women's squad as reserve crew Blondie claimed victory over Oxford's Osiris.

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