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Oxford win emphatic Boat Race

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Oxford powered to a simple victory in the Boat Race against famous rivals Cambridge on the River Thames on Sunday.

Oxford were heavy favourites, with three Olympians on board they always looked like they would be pretty hard to beat and the prediction was correct.

Cambridge had previously pulled into a slight lead as the rowers pushed past Craven Cottage, but a collision just five minutes in didn't help one bit.

Cambridge's Luke Juckett briefly fell from his number two seat after a clash of oars with the Dark Blues, and it meant that Oxford could take an easy advantage.

American Luke Juckett, revealed that the heavy collision broke the rigger on his oar. His teammates fought on whole-heartedly, but inside they knew it wasn't to be after what happened.

The Cambridge rowers immediately protested after the race had come to a close, but it was waved away by umpire Richard Phelps who had seen that Cambridge were in Oxford's water, rather than it being the other way round.

It was clearly obvious that Cambridge would protest, as they had nothing to lose. Realistically, they knew they had been deservedly beaten.

Oxford won by 11 lengths, but still trail overall 81-78 with one tie in the series.


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