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Oxford-Cambridge boat race to go on after WWII bomb removed

Oxford-Cambridge boat race to go on after WWII bomb removed

The pre-race favourites had won the toss, and chose to start on the same Surrey station on the south side of the River Thames in London as Cambridge's women, who had earlier won the women's edition of the race.

Cambridge has won the 72women's boat race, setting a new time record, while Oxford fought to maintain a narrow lead in the 163men's.

By halfway down the 6.8km course between Putney and Mortlake in southwest London, the Oxford men's crew, 26 kg lighter than Cambridge, had opened clear water.

The men's race dates to 1829, as a challenge between friends held in Henley-on-Thames and was held irregularly for the next 25 years. A fourth defeat in five attempts for Cambridge, and a long summer back at the drawing board beckons.

Dawson, White and their team-mates punched the air in delight as Cambridge celebrated their first victory since 2012. While Cambridge built to a higher stroke rate (36 vs. 34), it sadly did not prove enough, and the Oxford men's crew set a time of 16:59, maintaining the inside line for much of the river.

Speaking after the race, she said: "I'm just so proud of my squad, so proud of the team this year. We were better on the day and we wanted it", Disanto told BBC Sport.

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The latest victory was the 12th Bowden has overseen in 14 years, but was only secured after his crew had struggled to gel throughout the race's build-up. "This year I have just had an fantastic team with me and we did it right to the end".

Cambridge cross the finish line first in the women's boat race against Oxford on the Thames.

"I knew from what Rob (Baker, the women's coach) had showed me, looking at the people I would have the opportunity to work with, how it would develop me as a cox".

"We've got really exciting, upcoming athletes".

Oxford conceded a three-length lead as a result of the error, killing the race as a contest, but Cambridge still drove home their dominance. We struggled week-in, week-out with boats that were just pretty very bad.

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