Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Boat Race 2019: Cambridge beat rivals Oxford in men's and women's races

Cambridge's men's and women's teams celebrate their respective victories. Credit: PA

Cambridge University continued their recent dominance in the Boat Race after both the men's and women's teams rowed to victory against Oxford on the River Thames.

The Light Blues, who featured double Olympic champion James Cracknell, were seen as the big favourites going into the 165th men's race but were made to work hard for their win by their unfancied opponents.

In the end, they crossed the line just two seconds ahead of Oxford who made a number of changes to their line-up in the lead-up to the race.

Much of the post-race headlines will quite rightly belong to Cracknell who became the oldest person to compete in, and win, the race at the age of 46.

The victory means that Cambridge have now won 84 Boat Races, while Oxford are still stuck on 80 wins.

James Cracknell became the oldest person to ever win the race. Credit: PA

Earlier in the day, Cambridge's women won their race for a third year in a row - beating their rivals by five lengths.

The Light Blues got off to a great start and controlled the race throughout.

Their record now stands at 44 wins compared to 30 victories for Oxford.