The 2023 Boat Race kicked off with a bang on Sunday, March 26, along the iconic River Thames in London. The 168th men’s and 77th women’s rowing race between Cambridge and Oxford saw tensions (and almost boats) collide, as both teams battled it out for the top spot. Rough waters and gusting winds made this year’s race even more challenging than the last, but ultimately, it was Cambridge who came out on top, bagging a double win for their men’s and women’s team. Here’s a recap of the race and the moments that took our breath away.
Who won the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race 2023?
Cambridge took home a double win, with both their men’s and women’s team rowing past their opponents into first place.
The Cambridge men's team regained their title after a heart-wrenching loss last year, claiming their fourth victory in the last five editions of the race. This brings Cambridge’s total wins to 86, with Oxford following closely behind on 81.
Cambridge women held onto their winning streak yet again, dominating Oxford for the sixth year in a row and bringing their overall lead to 47-30.
How far did Cambridge win the Boat Race by?
Cambridge women’s team won by a 4.5 length margin with a time of 20 minutes and 29 seconds, while the men’s team finished the race in 18 minutes and 18 seconds with a 1 1/3 length lead.
How did Cambridge men beat Oxford in the 2023 Boat Race?
Oxford’s weight advantage saw the team soar ahead in the first few minutes of the race. But, it was risk-taker Jasper Parish who made the bold move to steer closer to the Fulham bank, where calmer waters helped the team gain a half-length lead. Despite a stellar effort from Oxford, the Cambridge men maintained their lead and finished in first place.
How did Cambridge Women win the 2023 Boat Race?
As with the men’s race, the Oxford women started off strong and determined to take home the trophy. Bad weather conditions saw the teams nearly collide. However, Cambridge quickly found their rhythm and shot into first position for their sixth win in a row.
What happened to Oxford rower Felix Drinkall?
Oxford men’s rower, Felix Drinkall, was rushed to hospital after collapsing in the boat during the race. With Drinkall noticeably unconscious, medics removed him from the boat and transported him to medics waiting on the bank. The race organisers have since confirmed that Felix, along with another athlete, were both doing well.
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