LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – Oxford buried memories of their painful defeat 12 months ago as they surged past Cambridge to win the 159th University Boat Race by almost two lengths on a chilly and windy River Thames on Sunday.
Last year Oxford felt they had been robbed of the win after Cambridge won a bizarre and chaotic race which featured an intruder in the river, a restart, a broken oar and an ailing oarsman.
Sunday’s edition was more straightforward as Oxford took advantage of their heavier crew to win the 6.8-km race. Royal Marines were stationed in inflatable boats along the course to prevent any repeat of last year’s fiasco.
Oxford completed their victory in 17 minutes 27 seconds, their ninth win since 2000, to cut Cambridge’s overall lead to 81-77.