There was a double delight for the Cambridge University Boat Club as their men’s and women’s crews outsold Oxford during the Interactive Investor’s Lightweight Boat Races of the day.
Both victories came in convincing fashion, with the women going out first in the championship course between Putney and Mortlake.
And while it was Oxford who got off to a strong start, Cambridge quickly got themselves ahead of the Thames and they continued to pull away from their opponent, eventually winning by six lengths.
Cambridge Cox Sam Clarke said: “I’m sure it was very hard work for them, but they always[make it look easy]. I’m always amazed at how easy it is to make things look so difficult.
“They showed that day better than ever before. It was absolutely amazing.
“We knew Oxford were going to be a very rowdy start. We know they’re a really strong crew and great athletes, so we knew we were going to have to work really hard if we wanted to stay with them for this part of the race. I’m really glad we were able to hold them off.”
Meanwhile, it was an even bigger win for the Cambridge men after they prevailed by 11 lengths (31sec).
However, there was a tense wait for the crew after they crossed the line following an appeal from the Oxford boat, who felt they had been hampered by two engagements at the start of the race. After some deliberation, however, referee Matthew Holland decided that the score would stand.
Cambridge cox Tteja Senthilnathan said: “It started with both the crew very close and I think the guys did a good job handling themselves under pressure and we carried on at our usual stride.
“Obviously you can expect some contact here and there, so they did a great job just holding on to the blades.
“We were more in control of our station. They rowed very well, but we were doing well in the starts.”
This is the second year in a row that the Cambridge boats have won, with the women leading the overall record 23-17, while the men’s 30-19.
Cambridge women: 8. Olivia Elliott (Jesus), 7. Lauren Britten (Magdalene), 6. Livia Lizzie Vega (Downing) Ph.D., Cancer Biologist, 5. Katie Hempson (Christs), 4. Gemma Swan (Emmanuel), 3. Madeline Jackson (St. .. Edmund’s), 2. Beth Merrifield (Homerton), 1. Annabel Cardno (Emmanuel), Cox: Sam Clark (Hughes Hall)
Cambridge men: 8. Louis Gray (St. Katherine), 7. Ben Jones Magdalen), 6. Harry Fieldhouse (St. John), 5. Gianluca Vartan (Homerton), 4. Joe Holly (St. Katherine), 3. Sam Clarke (Magdalen), 2. Sam Taylor (Clare), 1. Tom Heppel (St. Catharine), Cox: Tteja Senthilnathan (Girton)
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