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The Boat Race: Oxford soar to biggest victory in 41 years

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Oxford overcame Cambridge to seal their fifth win in seven years during The Boat Race on the River Thames on Sunday evening.

Both crews had strong starts with Oxford eventually taking a slight lead early on. This was followed by both oarsmen battling to get to the smoothest and therefore fastest part of the water.

Five minutes in though disaster struck as a clash of oars saw Cambridge rower Luke Juckett temporarily thrown from his number two seat into the river. 

After the race, despite an appeal from the Cambridge cox, umpire Richard Phelps stuck by his decision that the boats were in neutral water when they collided, meaning neither impeded on the other. The result therefore stood. 

From then on the dark blues created an unassailable lead which put Cambridge out of the running. Oxford eventually crossed the line a massive 11 lengths ahead of their opponents, which is the biggest lead since 1973. 

The dark blue team recorded a time of 18 minutes and 36 seconds, which now means they have cut Cambridge's overall number of wins in the race down to 81-78. This comes after winning the race most recently in both 2008 and 2009 as well as 2011 and last year.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Cambridge president, 25-year-old American Steve Dudek maintained a composed attitude following his side's loss:

"You could clearly feel after the collision that something was wrong. It's frustrating but, as a group of men, I couldn't be more proud of the way they handled the day.

"The only thing I would change is the result - they are a phenomenal group."

What remains to be seen in the coming years of the annual race is whether Oxford can overtake Cambridge in the overall standings of race wins, having been second-best for so long.

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