Oxford brought Cambridge’s recent glory in the men’s boat race to an end with the first win in five years on the traditional university race’s return to the River Thames. In the first Boat Race held in London since 2019, Oxford stopped their opponents’ streak of three consecutive race wins to give long-serving chief coach Sean Bowden the 13th success in his 25th year.
After two years off the capital, following the invalidation of the 2020 showpiece due to coronavirus restrictions and last year’s race being held at the Great River Ouse, there were fans back on the banks of the Thames.
Oxford had built a big lead-up by the turn of the bend near Hammersmith Bridge and crossed the line before Chiswick Bridge in 16 minutes and 42 seconds.
Cambridge secured their dominance in the 76th edition of the women’s race with a record time.