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2017 Boat Race: Oxford beat Cambridge

Oxford won the 163rd men's Boat Race by a length on Sunday to reclaim their title and make it four victories in the past five editions of the event.

2017 Boat Race: Oxford beat Cambridge
Paul ChildsREUTERS

Oxford won the men's Boat Race for the fourth time in five years as they defeated Cambridge to regain the title on London's River Thames on Sunday.

Race goes ahead after bomb scare

Having lost last year, Oxford were determined to reestablish their recent dominance in the event, which went ahead after an unexploded World War II bomb was safely removed from near the course.

Police were called on Saturday after a member of the public spotted the device near Putney Bridge, yards from the start of the historic race.

The Oxford crew celebrate after winning the men's Boat Race.
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The Oxford crew celebrate after winning the men's Boat Race.Toby MelvilleREUTERS

Oxford win toss and take victory by a length

Favourites Oxford won the toss, and chose to start on the same Surrey station on the south side of the river as the winners of the women's race, which saw Cambridge take the spoils earlier in the day.

The Oxford boat boasted two brothers, Jamie and Ollie Cook, along with William Warr, who had to banish from his mind allegations of being a traitor after racing for Cambridge in 2015.

Oxford opened up a lead of almost a boat length at around two minutes.

There was almost a clash of oars as the two boats fought for the more favourable water channels on the river, before Oxford surged ahead coming to the Hammersmith Bridge section.

Cambridge dug deep to stay as close as they could, even momentarily closing the gap, but Oxford found clear water at the end to win by a length and a half and reclaim the title.


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