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Confidence high in Cambridge camp for boat race

The weigh in for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - one of the most famous events on the sporting calendar - has taken place in London.

Cambridge are bidding to win back the title after last year's defeat and they unveiled a heavier crew - but they lack the experience of Oxford, who's squad features three Olympians. Confidence is high in the Cambridge camp though who say their crew are freakishly talented.

This year is the 160th boat race, and crews from the two universities have been in training for months.

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Boat teams gear up for weigh in

Cambridge/Oxford weigh in on Monday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The official weigh in of the Cambridge and Oxford University boat crews will take place on Monday 10 March.

There are just 27 days to go now until the boatrace takes place on the Thames in London on 6th April.

The weigh in is often a clear indication as to which crew will be favourite to win the race.

This year it's the 160th race, and crews from the two unversities have been in training for months.


Marines brought in to help police Boat Race

Cambridge won last year's disrupted race Credit: BBC Sport

Royal Marines will be stationed in inflatable boats along the length of the Boat Race course tomorrow to ensure the event is not disrupted by another protester in the water.

Last year's race had to be halted when Trenton Oldfield swam into the path of the two crews and narrowly avoided being struck by an Oxford oar as he looked to sabotage an event he regarded as elitist.

Oldfield was released from prison in December having served seven weeks of a six-month sentence after being found guilty of causing a public nuisance.

Cambridge won the restarted race.

Boat Race protester won't be put off by sentence

Trenton Oldfield would not be deterred from protesting again, his wife, Deepa Naik, has said.

Speaking outside court, she attacked Britain and London as being brutal and deeply divided.

She said: "Trenton has spent his adult life working on these issues and his direct action protest on the 7th April 2012 was a natural extension of his everyday work.

"Trenton's protest was a reaction to an increasingly brutal business, media and political elite."

She added: "Great Britain has convinced many it is the home of democracy and the gauge of civilisation. Anyone living here today knows Britain is a brutal, deeply divided, class-driven place."

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