University Boat Races Set To Return To London, With Cambridge and Oxford Winning Women’s And Men’s Events.

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Oxford celebrates with the trophy during the podium ceremony after winning the 167th annual men’s University Boat Race against Cambridge University. 

Cambridge and Oxford were victorious in the women’s and men’s University Boat Races as the challenge returned to their traditional home in London. 

Cambridge further increased their winning streak in the women’s race while Oxford won the men’s race for the first time in five years. 

With a record time of 18 mins 22 secs, the Light Blues of Cambridge managed to extend their winning streak to five years in the women’s race, as they claimed victory over Oxford by more than two lengths. 

In the men’s race, the Dark Blues of Oxford dominated their opponents, winning in a time of 16:47 to give chief coach Sean Bowden the 13th success in his 25th year in the role. Oxford has won the men’s race 81 times, with Cambridge winning 85, while Cambridge now has 46 wins to Oxford’s 30 in the women’s competition. 

“It was insane, and it was fast, it was emotional all in one go,” Cambridge President Bronya Sykes told BBC Sport. 

“I’m completely overwhelmed.” 

After two years away from its regular route because of coronavirus, the competition returned to the River Thames, following the traditional course from Putnam to Mort lake. The 2020 edition was canceled, while the 2021 event took place without spectators on the Great Ouse in Ely – the first time they had staged the event outside London since 1944. Cambridge won both the men’s and women’s races at Ely in Cambridge shire last year.

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