Rowing...and in Tokyo on Sunday (16 April), Keio beat Waseda by 30 lengths in the?
Rowing...and in Tokyo on Sunday (16 April), Keio beat Waseda by 30 lengths in the 47th boat race between the two universities. The race was rowed over 5586.7 metres on Tokyo's Sumida river, and Keio's victory ended Waseda's run of six successive wins. The race started in 1905, and Sunday's success was Keio's 21st. Waseda have won the race 26 times.
SYNOPSIS: It was Keio nearest to the camera, in what was the first university boat race on the Sumida since 1961.
The crews had to row from the Eitai bridge to the Shirahige bridge, and it was Keio, who soon took control. Pollution and heavy river traffic had forced the organisers to abandon the Sumida course in 1961, but since then conditions have improved greatly, and Keio with a specially designed shield fitted to the bow of their boat, made the most of them.
Waseda started favourites, but after being forced to stop once to bail out, they were well beaten at the finish...Keio's winning time was 21 minutes 53 seconds.