Sunday, 31 March 2013

University Boat Race 2013

No halted by swimmers! Oxford won.

Both crews boasted Olympians and returning Blues. Oxford's Constantine Louloudis won Bronze in the GB VIII at London 2012 while in front of him at stroke was another man from the same Olympic final, Malcolm Howard, he won a silver in that one but a Gold in the same event four years earlier. Cambridge's GB Olympian and President George Nash boasted a Bronze from 2012 while crew mate Milan Bruncivik, the first Czech to race in a Blue Boat rowed at the last two Games.

Oxford won
Both crews earned themselves warnings from first time umpire Sir Matthew Pinsent as neither could make a decisive break and interweaving oars came very close to clashing. But Oxford kept solid, their calmness helping them to creep a little further ahead of their opposition.

Cambridge kept the lead to ¾ length at Harrods and put in a big push to try and counteract the Dark Blues advantage around the long Surrey bend. Reaching Hammersmith Bridge in a time of 6 minutes 51 seconds Oxford fended off the push but still couldn’t make the decisive break.

Oxford coxswain Oskar Zorrilla after traditional swimming

Oxford’s win completed a clean sweep for the Dark Blues this year having won the Isis/Goldie race, The Women’s Boat Race and Reserve Race plus the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Races.

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