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Oxford win 2015 Boat Race

Oxford's crew celebrates. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Oxford claimed their fourth win in five years in a supreme show of strength in the 161st men's Boat Race.

President Constantine Louloudis claimed a fourth and final boat race victory for the Dark Blues.

After Oxford's women breezed past Cambridge on their historic first battle on The Tideway course, their male counterparts made it a Dark Blue double with victory by six-and-a-half lengths.

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Oxford win Women's Boat Race

Oxford's women on the Thames, rowing to victory. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Oxford extended their dominance over Cambridge with a 12th victory in 16 years on a landmark day for the women's boat race.

For the first time in 88 years the women's race was staged on the famous Tideway course that for so long had been the sole preserve of the men.

Hot favourites Oxford romped to a comfortable victory by six and a half lengths, as the women struck a telling blow for sporting equality, racing the same championship course and on the same day as the men.

Model lifeboats take to the Thames in rival boat race

A fleet of 250 model lifeboats have made waves in the River Thames as the RNLI held a charity Alternative Boat Race to boost the rescue institution's funds.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution's mini boats took to the water before Oxford and Cambridge's controversy filled men's boat race. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The miniature vessels raced along the tideway just upriver from the official Boat Race with supporters sponsoring the 250 boats. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The novelty effort hoped to raise awareness and funds for the RNLI, which make more than 700 launches along the Thames each year. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Oxford win by biggest margin since 1973

Oxford's crew celebrate after their victory. Credit: Reuters

Oxford's 11-stroke victory over Cambridge in today's BNY Mellon Boat Race was the biggest margin of victory by either side since 1973.

Cambridge's Luke Juckett lost at least five strokes when the two crews clashed near the Harrods Depositary, in the race's decisive moment.

Cambridge protested against the result, but umpire Richard Phelps threw out the complaint from cox Ian Middleton.

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