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Oxford look to retain Boat Race title against Cambridge

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Oxford will be looking to make it five times in seven years that they have beaten Cambridge to become winners of the Boat Race this Sunday.

The university rivals will battle it out over more than four miles on the River Thames when they get the race underway on Sunday evening. 

In this race though, anything can happen. Which was proven when Cambridge last won it in 2012 following an intruder in the river causing the race to stop for half an hour before Cambridge composed themselves to secure the victory.

Oxford did however fight back last year with a time of 17 minutes 27 seconds, meaning they have shortened the advantage Cambridge have overall to 81-77. 

Speaking to BBC Sport, Oxford's two-time winning rower Constantine Louloudis said: "I'm determined to leave without having lost a race, but you can't go in with too much confidence. In 2012, we saw how it could go wrong."

The favourites for the race would be Oxford but only by a slight margin. Their form since the turn of the century has seen them win nine of the 14 boat races.

This record includes the closest race there has ever been, when in 2003 they managed to edge out Cambridge by just one foot.

Despite the race being an entirely British tradition, this year sees Oxford putting out three British rowers with their opponents having just two. The rest of the oarsmen hail from New Zealand, Canada, United States, Germany and Australia. 

The race which takes place this weekend will mark the 160th occasion of the contest from Putney to Mortlake. 


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