Cambridge shine at annual boat race

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In a mighty river battle, Cambridge have managed to beat Oxford for the second successive year to win the 165th Boat Race, reports BBC London.

“Holding off a late Oxford push, the Light Blues crossed the line in 16 minutes 57 seconds – just two seconds ahead of their opponents,” the station reported.

Meanwhile, Cambridge also won the women’s race by five lengths to seal their third victory in a row. According to the BBC, Cambridge have now won 84 Boat Races, compared with Oxford’s 80.

The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Cambridge University Boat Club and the Oxford University Boat Club, rowed between men’s and women’s open-weight eights on the River Thames in London. It is also known as the University Boat Race and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

The men’s race was first held in 1829 and has been held annually since 1856, except during the First and Second World Wars. The first women’s event was in 1927 and the race has been held annually since 1964.