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The 2017 Boat Races: A round-up of the 163rd edition

by Benedict Tufnell

2 April 2017, Tideway.

Cambridge drew first blood of the day, winning the Women’s boat race comfortably after Oxford fluffed the start, catching a crab and taking several strokes to recover. Oxford fought on but never looked like getting back on terms with Cambridge, who went on to win in a record time of 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

Cambridge Women on the Winners Podium.

It was the first win for CUWBC since 2012 and was followed shortly after by a second light blue victory in the Women’s Reserves Race.

Oxford distraught.

The Men’s contest was a far tighter affair as we predicted earlier this week. Oxford lead from the start, but Cambridge refused to roll over, finishing just a length behind. Oxford’s winning time was a swift 16 minutes and 59 seconds.

Oxford Men make it four out of five.

The Light Blues had hoped to build on their success last year, but Oxford made it four wins out of the last five today. Not since 1999 have Cambridge won two consecutive Boat Races. After 163 races, Cambridge still narrowly lead the series 82 to 80, with one dead heat.

Photography by Benedict Tufnell



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