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Cambridge University complete clean sweep over Oxford in the Boat Race




Cambridge University Boat Club celebrate success in the 165th Boat Race. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge University Boat Club celebrate success in the 165th Boat Race. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge University men completed their first back-to-back wins in the Boat Race for 20 years to complete a whitewash over Oxford on the Tideway.

Wins for the women’s Blue boat and reserve crew Blondie, were followed by success for the men’s reserve Goldie crew, setting it up for the Light Blues men to complete the set in the last race of the day.

It was the closest of the four races, with Oxford battling all the way to the finish line at Mortlake.

Both crews got away cleanly, but Cambridge had a marginally better start and got a lead by Fulham Football Club.

Umpire Rob Clegg warned Cambridge cox Matthew Holland as the bend unwound, but the Light Blues had got into their rhythm to pull clear passing under Hammersmith Bridge.

Oxford hung on but they were starting to run out of water as Cambride held a two-length lead.

The Light Blues responded to a number of moves from their rivals, and they eventually held on to take a one-length win in 16min 57sec in the 165th Boat Race.

It also added a golden finish to James Cracknell's place in the Boat Race's history, with the No 2 seat having become the oldest man in the Boat Race aged 46.

Cambridge stroke Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk said: “I’ve never done the full course at once, but it was definitely a full race and sometimes you hope that you get it halfway, and one boat breaks but they were right there and pushing on us through the whole race.

“We definitely had to defend all the way through. It was worth it for this moment, it’s definitely special.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, but it was great. We’re thrilled and we had a great group of guys this year so it was an honour to row with them and win with them.”

Goldie beat Isis by one length, and that added to five length wins for both of the women's crews.



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