Cambridge University beat Oxford University in their annual boat race in London on Saturday (April 1).
Cambridge University beat Oxford University in their annual boat race in London on Saturday (April 1). The Cambridge eight, who were favourites to win, went ahead almost from the start of the four-mile course in the 118th race between the two universities, to win by nine-and-a-half lengths.
Cambridge completed the course in eighteen minutes thirty-six seconds, to take the race for the fifth successive year. The going was smooth but not fast.
SYNOPSIS: London, England--and the one-hundred-and eighteenth annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities. Cambridge, who had won the event for four successive years, were favourites to win again. They weighed in at an average of eight pounds (4 Kilos) heavier per man than the Oxford eight. Oxford won the toss for positioning, an chose the Surrey bank of the Thames--generally the favoured position.
Cambridge took the lead almost form the start, and within a minute were three-quarters of a length ahead. Conditions were smooth but not fast. Oxford, in an attempt to make up their early fall-back, increased their stroking to about two strokes a minute faster than Cambridge--but the Cambridge eight, who rowed steadily at thirty-two a minute, continued to increase their lead.
By the half-way mark, at the two-mile flag, Cambridge were leading by at least five lengths.
By this time, the Oxford crew were demoralised.
It was to be, after all, the fifth successive win for Cambridge, who've now won sixty-six of the events against Oxford's fifty-one. There's only ever been one dead heat.
By the finish, Cambridge were nine-and-a-half lengths ahead, to win in eighteen minutes thirty-six seconds.