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Cambridge University produce dominant display to beat Oxford in Women's Boat Race

CUWBC celebrate the double at Mortlake Boat club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (8318436)
CUWBC celebrate the double at Mortlake Boat club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (8318436)

Cambridge University produced a superb display to win the Women’s Boat Race in emphatic fashion.

They clinched their third win in a row, beating Oxford by five lengths and 16 seconds.

It was a stellar display by the Light Blues, who made a flying start and therefore almost made sure the race was over before it began.

Cambridge had a lead by Fulham Football Club, and it was one they were never to surrender. Equally as impressive though, was that they never let up pushing further and further clear.

No matter what Oxford tried to do, they could not eat into the Cambridge lead, with an almost metronomic rhythm seeing them just extend their advantage.

By the time Cambridge took the flag of finishing judge Ben Kent, they had finished the course in 18min 47sec.

It sparked mass celebrations from the Light Blues, which were added to not long after as Blondie, Cambridge’s reserve crew, beat their Osiris rivals by five lengths.

Larkin Sayre, Cambridge’s No 5, said: “It’s incredible. It really hasn’t sunk in, I’m still shaking.

“It felt good, the first few minutes it was heart-pumping, adrenalin and then once we got into a significant lead we were able to relax into our rhythm a bit.

“Not that it was at all relaxing at any point, but we were able to stride out and really focus on our technique, sharp catches and things that Rob (Weber) has been on us the whole year about, and he has been such a wonderful coach.”

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