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The 158th Boat Race

Clare Balding presents live coverage of the annual rowing battle along London's River Thames between the competing eights of Oxford and Cambridge universities.


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It is one race, one day, and everything is building up to that.

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We can't let last year happen again. There is nothing else like it in

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sport, where you spent seven months, and at the end of it, you either

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win or lose. Each year, they come. It is man

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against man against water. Fishy is the tranquil, -- for she is the

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tranquil and the Tempest, and upon her surface plays out the Twist And

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Turn of hero and villain. For she is the river. And this is her drama.

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You spend your whole career dreaming about winning races like

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the Boat Race. Knowing that if you lose, you have basically just

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thrown away six months of your life. And that is what it means to the

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rowers who today are out there on the River Thames and will bear not

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just their muscles, but their souls. This is a unique event, based on

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intense rivalry, tradition and on the honour. There is no prize-money

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on offer. In any ordinary sporting event, second place might be a

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respectable result, but here in the Boat Race, second place means you

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have lost. Victory is everything. Defeat is crashing. It started in

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1829, when Cambridge challenged Oxford to a rowing race on the

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river and the. In 2012, the Xchanging Boat Race remains one of

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the most watched and famous sporting events in the world. We

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have a gorgeous day for it. The cloud is starting to clear, the son

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try to come out. There is a slight headwind, but conditions are good.

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This is a magnificent London occasion, the last great amateur

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event, and it is all free. No tickets are required. That is why

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so many people are lining the banks of the River Thames. Where

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expecting over a quarter of a million of them for the four and a

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quarter miles from Putney to Mortlake. The river pubs will be

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doing a booming business. The tow paths will be packed and full of

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family picnics and barbecues. As for the crews, they have waited and

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waited for this day, trying to keep calm, to ignore the crowds and the

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hoopla and the noise of the helicopter. But inside, their

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stomachs will be churning. The defending champions are Oxford. But

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Cambridge are the younger and heavier crew. Oxford are the

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bookies' favourite. The key to this classic event is its simplicity. It

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is the same course every year. Often the same crowds as well. The

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same two crews in terms of Oxford and Cambridge, but very different

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people, because they change every year. At some point, life has to be

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lived for them, earning money in the real world. The race starts at

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2:15pm and we aim to keep you entertained and informed between

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now and then. He Oz Clarke and James may embark

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on a very important liquid based reconnaissance mission. I think you

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get more of the race from this spot than anywhere else on the Thames.

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There is no reason why we should move from here.

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The scars are slow to heal, as we look back on the famous Oxford

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mutiny of 1987. It was made clear that we weren't going to row in

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that line-up. Matthew Pinsent reveals the hidden

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secrets beneath the surface of the Thames. The river is full, and the

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deepest, fastest water is completely invisible.

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And which are to be emotionally draining journey to the start-line.

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Knowing that if you lose, you have basically thrown away six months of

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your life is a good reason not to -- be 158th Boat Race. Joining me

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is Matthew Pinsent. I am the reserve umpire. If the umpire

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should kilo but from food poisoning, I will be there. I will be

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shadowing him and learning more about the roles. Hopefully, it will

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be enjoyable and not stressful. those who might be tuning in,

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saying, it is not a proper sporting event, you have won four gold

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medals. Why does this matter? a proper sport event because it is

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probably the last amateur event in the calendar. These guys do it for

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no money, no reward other than the luxury of winning. And it is a

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brutal physical test. You are unlikely to see a more exacting

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test of a rower. This was you at the age of 19, baby face. That was

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in 1990. My first race, which we went on to win. I remember being

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incredibly nervous. It was very stressful. James Cracknell is here

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as well, with whom you won two of your Olympic gold medals. James,

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how do you view the event? You live locally. Aside from the Olympics,

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it is the one time that rowing is on TV. And people grasp the

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importance of it. It is the one day that these guys have the chance to

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race. There is no heats, no semi. You have one chance to get it right.

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How important is it to keep your temper but controlled and not get

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too aggressive with the other side? That is the point. These guys might

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have been training for the last two weeks, and suddenly they come down

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and the tow path is 4, with that helicopter overhead. And Your TV

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cameras are very close. It is a very different atmosphere on Boat

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Race day. You want to replicate as much as you can knock on race day

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as you have in your best training. If you can carry that through and

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not be affected by the pressure, you will have success. Let me ask

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you about the respective weights of the boat. Matthew, your crew in

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1990 had the record deferential. Oxford were much heavier than

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Cambridge. This year, Cambridge have the second biggest

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differential, being much heavier. Why do the heavier crew have an

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advantage? A good big one will always beat a good little one. It

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is not like running or cycling where every bit of weight cows,

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because you do hang off the oar handle. But Oxford are not small.

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Their average height is my height, and they are a bit lighter than I

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was. And Cambridge are a bit taller and heavier than I was. So it is

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not like Amir Khan against one of the Klitschko Brothers. It is more

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similar and the water is fairly friendly today. Let's look at the

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course they will take, the four and a quarter miles, starting here at

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Putney Bridge tidal Thames Water, past Craven Cottage, Fulham's

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football ground, around the Surrey bend, which marks the two mile

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point. Then under Barnes Bridge and down to the finish line, where

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Cambridge set the record of 16 minutes and 19 seconds in 1998. Not

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long after Hammersmith Bridge, that is where the reach the halfway

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point across. It is a very popular spot to watch. There are a lot of

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pubs in that area. I suspect they will be packed. That is where we

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find Sonali Shah. I am behind the bar at the Black

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Lion, one of five pubs along this stretch of the Bank in Hammersmith.

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Landlord buzz cousins he has turned it into quite an event? Yes, we

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realised there was not much happening along the river that was

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a festival, so we have turned it into a festival with food courts

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and we are raising money for charities, including for a baby

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that is ill in hospital. These boys will be raising money for him. They

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will be done a bit of face painting and things like that. You are bring

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a bit of New Zealand here? Yes, a bit of Kiwi to make it a bit like

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home. These boys do a lot of canoeing and stuff like that.

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it in context for us, how big this days in terms of business? Is it

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your busiest day of the year? Definitely. We take five to six

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times the amount that we would normally take on a Saturday. It is

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a very busy day. Which side will you be cheering on? I will be

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cheering for Oxford, because our All Black captain was a scholar at

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Oxford. Thank you very much. Time to find out which side of the river

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the two boats will be rowing from, the Surrey side or the Middlesex

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side. It is the all-important toss. Ladies and gentlemen, after all the

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hard work and training these crews have put in, this bit comes down to

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luck, a toss of the coin to decide which station they will start from,

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Middlesex on the north side or Surrey on the south side, closest

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to us. Joining me here on the podium, from the sponsors,

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Xchanging, the global director of sales and marketing, Stephen Scott,

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the executive director of the Boat Race company, David Searle, the

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race umpire and the two President's for Oxford, Karl Hudspith and the

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Cambridge, Dave Nelson. As history dictates, the winners from the

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previous year toss the coin. The losers will call. Over to you, John.

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Thanks very much, Clare. I have the 1829 1/2 sovereign. I will ask Karl

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Hudspith to toss that and for Dave to call. Tales. The call is tails.

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The coin has fallen down as tale's. Sir Dave has the choice. Which

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station would you like? We will take Surrey. And a quick word from

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you on the Cambridge crew. How is everyone? Feeling good. And calm?

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Yeah, feeling good. Excellent. In terms of umpiring the race, what is

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your major challenge? We will be looking at the wind. We have a

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northerly wind at the moment, which is swinging a bit, so we have to

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make sure the crews get off straight at the start. Then we

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expect a light headwind as we are approaching Hammersmith Bridge.

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it will be a tough race. We wish you both like and we hope for a

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clean race. Cambridge have won the toss and chosen Surrey.

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The same choice as last year, when Oxford won the toss. They also

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chose the Surrey side and were in control by Hammersmith Bridge. They

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went on to record a dominant Oxford here were hugely impressive.

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Constantine Louloudis is now on the Olympic programme. Massive

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celebrations earlier. It is one of those sporting events where it is

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all about winning. You can see from the body language that you have to

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continue, but it is a long way back for Cambridge.

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The Boat Race. If you win, it hurts for minutes. If you lose, it hurts

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for months. It is totally devastating when you get a result

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like that. You have to just pull yourself together and say, what did

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go well, and what can we do better? Cambridge's initial squad featured

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three Blues hungry for revenge, including Mike Thorpe, who was

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still haunted by the events of last March. I saw the fate of me and the

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other two guys with me. We looked torn up, and I thought I needed to

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come back this year. As in 2011, the Oxford coach's squad contains

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just one returning blue, the club president, Karl Hudspith. Everyone

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is motivated. I am the only guy who has won it before, so everyone else

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is fighting for a first win. Powerful candidates are emerging

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such as experienced rower Alex Davidson and American William Zeng.

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It is nice to be at a university where rowing is the big thing. You

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were properly and do not just do a little motion. Australian James

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Ditzell turns 45 on race day. Cancer ruled him out of the 1992

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Olympics. He had not rowed competitively since. I have been so

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long out of the boat, I really realised what I missed. I enjoy the

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feel of the water under the boat. December's Trial eights were the

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first Test on the Boat Race course. Two crews from the same university

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doing battle, team-mates versus team mates. Cambridge were split

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into two equally strong boats to forge match-racing instinct,

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something the president felt had been lacking last year. Quickly,

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each crew forms its own identity and rallies to beat their own team-

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mates. Incredibly difficult conditions, really choppy water.

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Both Cambridge crews are showing real aggression. They have called

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Cambridge seemed ready for the battle to come. The coach had three

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candidates for the Oxford cox seek. One of them was Oskar Zorrilla.

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cox is not responsible for the emotional well-being of the rowers.

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They like to think that, but it is not the case. Oskar Zorrilla

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steered his boat to a comfortable victory. We have shown our

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teammates, let's show Cambridge, because at the end of the day, that

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is what is is all about. A lot of people are here down at the start.

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Who are you supporting today? are supporting Oxford. Why? Because

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we were at university there. know the President, Karl Hudspith.

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Are you supporting Oxford? Yes, I am. We will see if we can find some

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Cambridge supporters. We are supporting Cambridge. And why?

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live nearby. Is this the first time you have been to the Boat Race?

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it is the first time we have been down. Our friend lives just over

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the road. Good luck to all of you. Lots of people come with friends,

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they might know somebody in one of the crews, or they might have an

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affiliation, but for some people, it is just an excuse for a pub

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crawl. When I say some people, I mean, specifically, Oz and James.

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How the devil are you? How the devil are you, sir? Let's go and

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plan our day. We are going to do the whole course. Shall we start in

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this very conveniently sited pub? So, what's the plan? Well, the Boat

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Race is a monumental British institution. Somebody has described

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it as the most brutal, harsh, uncompromising test of any sport.

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It is actually a drinking festival with some boating thrown in. Well,

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I think it is a boating festival with a massive amount of drinking

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thrown in. Where was it you went to university? Oxford. Interest in. I

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am just deciding that I am a Cambridge supporter. Without

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colours nailed to our mast, we boarded our craft. There is a

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little stone over there, called the University Stone, that's where

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everything starts. There's thousands of stones. No, the rest

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of them are parking bollards. I dragged the conversation around to

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the issue of the day. We're going to the famous River Cafe, where

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Jamie Oliver used to work. No pie, no chips. No pies or chips or eggs

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or ham. Wow! That has got a slight... Very acidic and very

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fresh armpit, sweat sort of quality. The north of Italy has got lots of

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red grapes, and the middle of Italy has got lots of more rare, red

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grapes. Wow! That's fantastic. Would you like to try so with your

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risotto? Is that all he gets? have got the bottle. I think that

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was tremendous, very sophisticated, very modern, very contemporary. But

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how about a pint in the Dove? That's my wine. Is it? This is a

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tiny pub, it is ancient, all sorts of fascinating people came here

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like Graham Greene, and the bloke who wrote rule Britannia, what was

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The interesting thing, I think, is, the Middlesex bank is the best side

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for people to watch the Boat Race, Hammersmith is the best spot, the

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Dove is the best pub, and this terrace is the best part of the

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Dove. You're absolutely right. I think you get more of the race from

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this spot here than anywhere else on the River Thames. There's

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absolutely no reason now why we should move from here. This is as

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And those two were fairly hard to move from that spot, but move them

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we did. Now, rowing was included in the Paralympic Games for the first

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time in 2008. And here today, for the first time, a race in the

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the first time, a race in the adaptive rowing category. They are

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racing against an able body crew. The adaptive four with a distinct

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advantage coming towards the finish, and they were the winners. Here's

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Sonali. I'm joined by world Sonali. I'm joined by world

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champions in the mixed coxed four. Congratulations - what does it feel

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like to have won a race here on the River Thames on Boat Race day?

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Absolutely epic, such a fantastic experience. To be here, deeply

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involved in what is going on on this special day, it is pretty good.

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It gets everybody watching a little bit of adaptive rowing. Yes, that's

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one of the things we have been trying to do over the past few

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years, building up the public's opinion of what adaptive rowing is

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all about. I think we are the closest of the categories within

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adaptive rowing to the able body rowers, in the fact that we have

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minimal disabilities, our boat is not adapted in any way. Dave, I was

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reading about your story, incredible, a couple of years ago

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you had a tumour removed from your spinal column, you did loads of

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intense rehab, came back as world champion - what would it mean for

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you to qualify for the Paralympic Games this year? It would mean

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everything. Taking part today in one of the oldest sporting events

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in the world, it gives you a taste of what the Olympics in London will

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be like. The closer it gets, the more it means to me. It will mean

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the world to me after all my rehab. Good luck to both of you in your

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attempt to qualify for London 2012. A could start to the day, something

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for the many fans to enjoy. And we will be showing you highlights of

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the Isis Goldie race later on. I am joined now by Andrew Triggs-Hodge

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and Tom James. Very, very different, this, but both of you have

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experienced it - Tom, first of all, what was it like for you, the Boat

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Race? It was quite stressful, but I was there for four years, I

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competed in four boat races, lost the first three, but finally house

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my last one, as President. So I have got good memories of it. It

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was fantastic. And Andrew Triggs- Hodge, you represented Cambridge,

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there is nothing glamorous about this sport, you do not get somebody

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else to carry your boat down to the river, you do it yourself. Andrew

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Triggs-Hodge, you won, didn't you? Yes, in 2005. Memories I will take

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away for a long, long time. What are they thinking and feeling right

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now? You want to just be focused on your boat, getting the boat in the

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water, just keep calm and relaxed, you want to enjoy the event, and

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look at the people around, but at the same time, you need to be

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focused on what you're going to be doing to win the race, that first

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stroke. You cannot get too carried away. You could see the one with

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the big beard, Steve Dudek, who would have now regards it as one of

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his strengths, being so hairy! me, the buzz of the helicopter

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brings back a lot of memories. It is a very emotional day. To go up

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is a very emotional day. To go up to this level, it is a big step.

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Andrew, was Steve Bowden your coach when you were at Oxford? Yes, he

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when you were at Oxford? Yes, he was. Does he say anything this

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close to the race? He is a very focused man, he will usually say

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everything a couple of days before the race. Just before the race he

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will just remind us of what we have done, bringing out the confidence

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of the crew, reminding us why we are a good crew. So he does not

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have to say very much. You can feel that he is bristling with

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confidence, he just has to make sure that we're going in the right

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direction, he rarely leaves it to the crew to get on with it. For the

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Cambridge coach, he has got an awful lot to put right from last

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year. Yes, but looking back on it, within the boat, they were happy

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they had done everything they could do to win the race. Obviously they

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were not anywhere near Oxford's standard last year. So he will be

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feeling some pressure this year, but he is a good coach. Hopefully

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they will put it right this year. The crews are lining up inside

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their respective boat houses. And it is now time for them to take to

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the water. Ladies and gentlemen, these are the 17 men and one woman

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who will contest the Boat Race. For Oxford, their first female cox

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since 2000, she is 24 years old, studying for a doctorate of medical

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science at St Katharine's College, Zoe de Toledo! For Cambridge, a cox

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who turned 19 only yesterday, he left Radley College last year and

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is studying for a Bachelor of the arts in natural sciences at

:27:49.:27:58.

Pembroke College, Ed Bosson! And for Oxford, at bow, his tenth year

:27:59.:28:04.

at the University, he is now at Pembroke College studying graduate

:28:04.:28:14.

entry medicine, Dr Alexander Woods. For Cambridge at bow, the President,

:28:14.:28:24.
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Dave Nelson, from Brisbane, Australia. At two, for Oxford, from

:28:25.:28:31.

Virginia, a graduate of Yale, studying for computer science at

:28:31.:28:40.

Oriel College, William Zeng. At two for the Light Blues, a man who

:28:40.:28:50.
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learned to row at Oxford, he is studying medicine at Fitzwilliam

:28:50.:28:57.

College, Moritz Schramm. At three for Oxford, another experienced

:28:57.:29:07.
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rower, from Trinity College, and Washington DC, Kevin Baum. Next,

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for Cambridge, a man who has survived being struck by lightning,

:29:13.:29:23.
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studying Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Jack Lindeman. Next, for

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Oxford, studying developmental Biology at Christchurch, Alex

:29:30.:29:38.

Davidson! At four for Cambridge, another of their crew who first

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learnt to row at university, he has played tennis and water polo for

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his native New Zealand, Alex Ross. Now, for the President of Oxford,

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at number 5, their only returning boo, the only one who knows what

:29:55.:30:00.

victory feels like, he comes from Twickenham, from St Peter's College,

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Oxford, Karl Hudspith! His opposite number has not cut his hair since

:30:06.:30:10.

this day last year, he is the vice- president for Cambridge, reading

:30:11.:30:19.

history, he hails from Chester, Mike Thorp. At four for Oxford, a

:30:19.:30:23.

German international who's planning this to be his final race, after 15

:30:23.:30:28.

years of rowing. He has a doctorate in law and is now studying for an

:30:28.:30:37.

MSc in geography, Hanno Wienhausen. At number 6 for Cambridge, the

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tallest and heaviest man in either crew, originally from Wisconsin,

:30:45.:30:55.
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At seven for Oxford, stepping up from the lightweight crew, he is 25

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and from Taunton and studying in computational biology, Dan Harvey!

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His opposite number for Cambridge is an Australian who has competed

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internationally at under 23 and junior level. He is studying law at

:31:17.:31:20.

St Edmund's College, Alexander Scharp!

:31:20.:31:27.

For Oxford, the first Dutchman ever to stroke a blue boat under 29 the

:31:27.:31:37.
:31:37.:31:38.

oldest man in the race this year, he is from Rotterdam. Roel Haen!

:31:38.:31:42.

And at stroke for Cambridge, a graduate from the University of

:31:42.:31:49.

Washington who is now reading history. Niles Garratt!

:31:49.:31:53.

They train for six hours a day, six days a week, for six months to take

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part in this. Ladies and gentlemen, the two crews for the 2012 Boat

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I am here out on the water with Wayne Pommen, one of our

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commentators. What do you remember about those nervous moments as you

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push away from the Putney sure? is just such a relief to get out on

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the water. You may remember from your rowing career that those

:32:28.:32:30.

minutes beforehand seemed like hours. You can't wait to get out

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there. You know what you are doing on the water. The Boat Race is the

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worst, because thousands of people are there. Cameras are in your face.

:32:40.:32:43.

Even international rowing is not like that. So these guys can't wait

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to get in their bubble. They have about 40 minutes now before the

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race. How do they split that time up? They will have warm-up routines,

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getting physically and mentally ready. Let's have a word about the

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conditions. What do you think about the weather and the river today?

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is pretty benign. There is a 10 mile an hour when from the north-

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west, but I do not see it being a factor.

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So it sounds as if conditions should not be a factor for either

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side. James Cracknell is with us here. Who is going to win this?

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think Oxford's history over the last few years will be in their

:33:28.:33:35.

favour. The bow and stroke of the Cambridge side are both being on

:33:35.:33:40.

the same side means the Bowes have to travel further. That is not good.

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They are using a tandem wigging system, as Oxford did last year.

:33:46.:33:56.
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Yes, I do not think you really need that. The person nearer the blow

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karts keep in time. Matt Pinsent's first boat, he rowed in a tandem,

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and it was all tied to the person in front, so he stayed in time. A

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normal rigged boat is better. Now, obviously with every outside

:34:12.:34:16.

sporting event, it does depend on the weather whether it is to make

:34:16.:34:22.

the greens softer in the Masters at Augusta or in the Grand National at

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Aintree. But here, if the weather turns nasty, that course turns into

:34:26.:34:36.
:34:36.:34:41.

a real beast. It seems that we are moving into

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some dramatic, Wagnerian... word! An enormous car but under.

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years ago, there was an almighty storm and there had also been

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behind the scenes in the Oxford camp. Andrew Cotter tells the story

:34:58.:35:03.

of the 1987 mutiny. The Boat Race - tradition, honour,

:35:03.:35:09.

sportsmanship. The Americans staged a mutiny. Mutiny is in the eye of

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the beholder. In two became warfare. 1987, a race so dramatic that they

:35:14.:35:19.

even made a film of it. This isn't your Boat Race, it is all of ours.

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25 years on, have the scars healed? After ten years of domination,

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Oxford's humiliating seven-length defeat in 1986 led to coach Dan

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Topolski bringing world-class American athletes. Everybody was

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genuinely excited to come over here and take part in one of the great

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sporting events in the world. the world class training facilities

:35:46.:35:50.

that the visitors were used to were absent from the amateur realm of

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the Boat Race. The team didn't have its own boat house or its own boats.

:35:55.:35:58.

Half the training were spent in a van, driving around the British

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countryside. There was an incident at Radley School, where the whole

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squad, the president included, refused to go out for a second

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outing. Let's go out. Dan, we have done enough.

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That was the moment of mutiny, if you like, where they just piled

:36:25.:36:33.

into the training van and drove off. I thought, this is just not fun. I

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am not getting paid for this. Where is the goodwill? That was wrong of

:36:38.:36:44.

us to do. Simple as that. But what led up to that was an infuriating

:36:44.:36:48.

couple of months of logistical chaos. It makes no sense, all this

:36:48.:36:54.

pedalling around in that a ban from one boat house to another. It is

:36:54.:36:57.

not getting us anywhere. We thought we were being honest in raising our

:36:57.:37:01.

hands and walking to the front of the class and saying, teacher, we

:37:01.:37:05.

have an issue with the way you are conducting the class. Particularly

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at Oxford, deeply steeped in tradition. Tensions were

:37:10.:37:13.

intensified by the decision about who would be in the boat on the big

:37:13.:37:21.

day. In particular, the inclusion of club president Donald Macdonald.

:37:21.:37:26.

I choose based on performance, and Donald Macdonald's performances

:37:26.:37:32.

were consistently top. He named this wacky line-up. The majority of

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the blue boat rowers did not seek the sense or even the rationale in

:37:39.:37:43.

Dan's selection. There is disagreement over how the crew is

:37:43.:37:51.

run and the fairness of it. Were you obligated to Donald as the

:37:51.:38:01.
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president of the Boat Club? In no way. It was made clear to Donald

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that we would not roll in that line-up. The Americans staged a

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mutiny. They have excluded themselves from the squad.

:38:16.:38:21.

became popularised in the press. And in Dan's book, it was said to

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be an American issue. That could not have been further from the case.

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There is a lot of stuff in that book that is wrong. It is

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embellished and ultimately very hurtful where it did not need to be.

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In the book, everything was my recollection. Four Americans

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withdrew. In came reserve rowers. And like a Hollywood movie, the

:38:50.:38:55.

underdogs claimed an unlikely victory. They won, and it was

:38:55.:39:01.

fantastic, against the odds. And I thought, what was all for? It was a

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shame we could not all figure out how to focus on the things that we

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held in common. It was the most extraordinary story

:39:14.:39:19.

and a real clash of temperaments. It made for a very exciting race,

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film and book. Katherine Grainger, Britain's most successful female

:39:25.:39:31.

rower, has joined me. How important is that relationship between coach

:39:31.:39:35.

and rower, and how much do they have to respect your intellect and

:39:35.:39:38.

experience as well as sometimes telling you things you don't want

:39:38.:39:47.

to hear? The relationship is crucial. There needs to be mutual

:39:47.:39:50.

respect in the partnership. Like you said, you will have to hear

:39:50.:39:57.

things that you will not always want to hear. But they will be the

:39:57.:40:01.

person who will tell you that you need to be better. But it is a two-

:40:01.:40:05.

way thing. If there is respect on both sides, you bring out the best

:40:05.:40:11.

in each other. Andrew, the difficulty with the Boat Race is,

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you are talking about a multinational crew. It is not new

:40:15.:40:21.

rowing for one country. Absolutely. We had Canadians and Americans and

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a huge range of experience from an Olympic silver medallist down to

:40:25.:40:30.

people who came last. So the scale of bringing a crew like that

:40:30.:40:39.

together rests on the coach. You need mutual respect and

:40:39.:40:45.

understanding as much as a training programme. That is the sign of a

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seasoned coach. 16 weeks today, the two of them will be lining up for

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Great Britain for the Olympics. That is when the rowing will start.

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How great is the depth of British rowing? How has the legacy of

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Pinsent and Redgrave been followed 2011. The British team of top the

:41:11.:41:17.

world championship medal table. 10 in total, three of them gold. This

:41:17.:41:22.

is the best British rowing squad in Olympic history. The most medal

:41:22.:41:30.

chances, the best rowers. Competition for places is fierce.

:41:30.:41:35.

The four is the men's main boat again. But for the last two years,

:41:35.:41:39.

the best rowers have been in a pair and lost. There is tension in the

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team because there is a bit of uncertainty. We have to have ups

:41:43.:41:51.

and downs with pressure through the season as we go. I can't be sure I

:41:51.:41:58.

will be rowing for Great Britain yet. We are coming close towards

:41:58.:42:04.

the selection. It is a really strong team. I am new to it, and

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the standard is really high. In the women, Katherine Grainger has three

:42:10.:42:13.

Olympic silvers. For her, the battle is less about selection,

:42:14.:42:20.

more about going one better. athletics Dorrie is the three

:42:20.:42:26.

silver medals. I am still missing the fairy-tale ending, the gold at

:42:26.:42:33.

last in front of the crowd. I am aware that if you could write the

:42:33.:42:37.

story, that is how you would write it. Lots of questions, some still

:42:37.:42:42.

to be answered. But with the spring come final trials, when everything

:42:42.:42:49.

becomes a bit clearer. The season is about to start. The four is

:42:49.:42:54.

still undecided. Reid and Hodge are in, along with Alex Gregory. Alex

:42:55.:42:58.

Partridge and Tom James will battle for the last place. New and old

:42:59.:43:05.

faces across the whole squad. With just over 100 faces -- days to go,

:43:05.:43:13.

the pressure is now on. In the past, you had just one leading boat. This

:43:13.:43:19.

time, it is very tight. The team as a whole is rising to the occasion.

:43:19.:43:25.

We put the pressure on ourselves because we are so good. It is about

:43:25.:43:29.

performing on the water in that one-off opportunity. We want to

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deliver. A good illustration of the dead the

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British rowing right now. Now we welcome viewers of BBC World News

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and BBC America. You join us here on the banks of the river Thames.

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We will be watching the 2012 Xchanging Boat Race on fold shortly.

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The crews are out on the water and going through their warm-up routine.

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I enjoyed by Katherine Grainger, Britain's most successful female

:43:56.:44:00.

role, with six world titles and three Olympic silver medals. You

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were talking about how obviously, the perfect end to the story is a

:44:06.:44:10.

gold in London. What do you feel about competing at a home games?

:44:10.:44:14.

Genuinely looking forward to it. A lot of people talk about the

:44:14.:44:19.

expectation and pressure. It can become paralysing, the thought of

:44:19.:44:27.

the scale of it. But it is just a fantastic opportunity that so many

:44:27.:44:30.

athletes I know who have retired would give anything to come back

:44:30.:44:34.

and do. You have teamed up with Anna Watkins. You have so far been

:44:34.:44:43.

unbeatable. So far. It is one of those partnerships that is so

:44:43.:44:50.

special. It comes around once every now and again. It just works. It

:44:50.:44:54.

has been successful, and we look forward to the next four months.

:44:54.:44:58.

How much has the set-up change in the 15 years you have been involved

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in British rowing? Has it become more professional? Without a doubt.

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It has transformed. When I came in, there was not the level of lottery

:45:07.:45:11.

funding that there is now. People on the team were in massive amounts

:45:11.:45:15.

of debt. They could not afford petrol to go to training. There

:45:15.:45:19.

were not many abroad training camps, the facilities, the level of

:45:19.:45:23.

coaching and support staff. Everything was at a much lower

:45:23.:45:27.

level. Across the board, the whole thing has stepped up every year.

:45:27.:45:31.

And we are seeing better results. suspect it is no coincidence that

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we are seeing more women want to take up rowing because of what you

:45:35.:45:38.

have done. The most exciting development in the recent history

:45:38.:45:43.

of the Boat Race is that from 2015, the women's Boat Race will also

:45:43.:45:47.

take place here on the Tideway. For now, it remains in Henley. This

:45:47.:45:57.
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Conditions were perfect for this year's race. Both crews started

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well, with Cambridge, who had not won for five years, taking an early

:46:05.:46:09.

lead. They looked to be claiming a dominant victory, but there was

:46:09.:46:15.

drama to come. The number two seat was thrown backwards, and the boat

:46:15.:46:20.

almost ground to a halt. Cambridge were fighting to stay ahead. It was

:46:20.:46:25.

tight. But eventually, the Light Blues heard the news that they had

:46:25.:46:31.

won, just. The traditional celebration followed, before

:46:31.:46:39.

thoughts turned to the Tideway, in three years' time. It is a big plus

:46:39.:46:44.

for the women, bringing it in line with other sports, where or the

:46:44.:46:49.

women are on an equal footing. have come on so much in the last

:46:49.:46:57.

few years, we are as good as the men, and we're going to show it.

:46:57.:47:02.

How different a challenge will it be, moving from Henley, to having

:47:02.:47:08.

the race here? It will be a completely different event. The

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Boat Race at Henley has been a wonderful experience, it is very

:47:12.:47:17.

much a protected atmosphere. It is a much smaller deal, in terms of

:47:17.:47:23.

numbers. And much shorter. Yes, it is a third of the distance, even

:47:23.:47:29.

less than that. So, the training regime, the tactics in the race,

:47:29.:47:33.

everything will be very different when the women come here. Is that

:47:33.:47:37.

why it is taking a while, they want to get the women to a certain level

:47:37.:47:41.

to be convinced that they can do it? It is not that they need to

:47:41.:47:45.

step up, they will easily manage the racing here, that's not the

:47:45.:47:50.

problem. It is just almost about tradition, it has been the Henley

:47:50.:47:57.

Boat Race. I think it is very good that the women's Boat Race and the

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men's Boat Race will now take place over the same distance, with the

:48:00.:48:04.

same crowd, and the same excitement. Is it something you would like to

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get a piece of yourself, either taking part or coaching? I don't

:48:09.:48:15.

know if I could do any more degrees! I spoke to someone from

:48:15.:48:21.

Oxford who has been studying for 10 years! Yes, but the oldest one is

:48:21.:48:27.

29, and I am a little bit past that now. Of course, it is part of our

:48:27.:48:30.

competitive nature. When these events happen in your own sport,

:48:30.:48:35.

you want to have a piece of it. What will be great is that it will

:48:35.:48:41.

involve more women in the sport of rowing than ever before. We have

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got to let you go to Radio 5 Live now, so, many thanks to Katherine

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Grainger. There is one woman taking part today, that's the Oxford cox,

:48:52.:48:57.

Zoe de Toledo. It is a very tricky course to negotiate, because

:48:57.:49:01.

beneath the waterline all sorts of problems, as Matthew Pinsent can

:49:01.:49:07.

explain. The most important seat, especially for the Boat Race, is

:49:08.:49:12.

the coxing seat. They have a couple of weapons at their disposal. First,

:49:12.:49:17.

the rudder wires, and secondly, as you will see on Boat Race day, they

:49:17.:49:22.

have all got these microphones, so that everybody in the boat can hear

:49:22.:49:27.

exactly what they are as saying. But for all the technical wizardry,

:49:27.:49:31.

the most important decision they have is the line on the river,

:49:31.:49:41.
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which, for them, is all about that view out there. What does it every

:49:42.:49:45.

eight-year-old learned at school? That the shortest distance between

:49:46.:49:52.

two points is a straight line. So, here we are, at the start, and

:49:52.:49:56.

there's Hammersmith Bridge. So, why don't the coxes take the shortest

:49:56.:50:02.

line between these two points? I will show you why not. Every Coxon

:50:02.:50:06.

knows that the straightest line is seldom the quickest here on the

:50:06.:50:10.

Boat Race course. The fastest water is the deepest, and it is only as

:50:10.:50:14.

the tide drops that you get a proper indication of where that

:50:14.:50:20.

deep, fast water is. Here we are on the inside of the first bend, at

:50:20.:50:24.

Fulham, and look how far these famous flats sweep out into the

:50:24.:50:34.

river. In the Boat Race, the crews will be coming past way over my

:50:34.:50:38.

head. The fastest water is the deepest. The quintessential

:50:38.:50:42.

challenge for the coxes is not just to find the quickest water on the

:50:42.:50:49.

first bend, at Fulham, but to keep their crew sitting in it for the

:50:49.:50:57.

full race. As the huge Surrey bend unwinds, the cox will be making

:50:57.:51:00.

sure that their growers on the inside line, and holding their

:51:00.:51:06.

position. If the race is still close at Barnes Railway Bridge,

:51:06.:51:08.

close at Barnes Railway Bridge, then it is going to be a classic.

:51:09.:51:13.

The last bend on the course is the sharpest, and the Middlesex crew is

:51:13.:51:17.

going to feel that it is definitely going to win from here. There is

:51:17.:51:21.

not anything in the last five minutes of the race which favours

:51:21.:51:25.

the Surrey station. All of that looks good in theory. But here's

:51:25.:51:31.

the challenge for real. The river is full, and the deepest, fastest

:51:31.:51:38.

water is completely invisible. The river is probably 150 metres wide,

:51:38.:51:42.

and the coxes have got to pick the fastest line with no visual

:51:42.:51:49.

references. They know that within 20 seconds after steering off the

:51:49.:51:56.

tide, that could cost them the race. What a nightmare job. And if you

:51:56.:52:00.

get it right, your reward is to be chucked in the river. It does not

:52:00.:52:06.

seem to be fair. Still to come, Oz and James continue their vintage

:52:06.:52:12.

odyssey up the River Thames. You're taking me to visit a brewery which

:52:12.:52:21.

makes foreign lager on our beloved Tideway?! We will join them again

:52:21.:52:25.

later, and you can see how many people are piling in, trying to get

:52:25.:52:31.

a decent view among the banks of the river. This big sign, who is

:52:31.:52:37.

this for? It is for Alex Davidson, our old school friend, we have

:52:37.:52:43.

known him for the last 12 years. Absolutely ages, yes. Tell us some

:52:43.:52:52.

secrets about him. He is a very loud chap, he is very strong, he

:52:52.:53:00.

has been doing rowing for ages. is probably the most focused and

:53:00.:53:06.

ambitious person that we know. he will need to be. I hope he saw

:53:06.:53:14.

your banner earlier. Also, we have the girlfriend of Moritz Schramm

:53:14.:53:18.

the girlfriend of Moritz Schramm with us here, and you do this

:53:18.:53:23.

yourself, don't you? A Yes, it is a very different feeling, when you're

:53:23.:53:32.

doing it yourself. When you're rowing, once you take the first

:53:32.:53:37.

stroke, you can feel the boat, you can feel your crew, you can feel

:53:37.:53:41.

the race, but on the other hand, for me, it will just be more and

:53:41.:53:45.

more nervousness. He texted me this morning, saying, baby, don't worry,

:53:45.:53:51.

we have got this. He knew that I would be the nervous one. Where we

:53:51.:53:55.

you position yourself? I'm going to a friend's house who lives on

:53:55.:53:59.

Putney Bridge. We have been watching it there for years. Thank

:53:59.:54:04.

you so much for coming down to speak to us. For all of the rowers,

:54:04.:54:08.

all of that training, it is not just about winning the race today,

:54:08.:54:13.

it is about actually making it into the boat in the first place. Early

:54:13.:54:17.

mornings on the river are not the romantic ideal. It is hard work and

:54:17.:54:23.

it is hugely time-consuming. Knowing that if you lose, you have

:54:23.:54:28.

basically thrown away six months of your life is a really good reason

:54:28.:54:34.

not to lose! Time is ticking by, and Steve Trapmore needs to pick

:54:34.:54:40.

his final eight. Last year we had some really good guys, but the

:54:40.:54:43.

internal competition was not as good at it is this year. The coach

:54:43.:54:48.

also has to contend with the vagaries of fate. Just days before

:54:48.:54:53.

the final announcement, a virtual certainty, Jack Lindeman, has

:54:53.:54:58.

aggravated a tendon injury. amount of mileage we do, it is

:54:58.:55:03.

natural for our bodies to break down a bit. One man's injury is

:55:03.:55:07.

sometimes another man's opportunity. That is the nature of a brutal

:55:07.:55:12.

selection policy. It can be really cut throat and difficult at times.

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There are setbacks obviously for everyone involved. Oxford returned

:55:17.:55:20.

from their French training camp with the selection process drawing

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to a conclusion. If everybody is fit and healthy, I could put the

:55:25.:55:31.

boat out tomorrow. But there's definitely one or two seats with

:55:31.:55:36.

some guys in the Isis boat who could perhaps make a bit of a

:55:36.:55:43.

challenge. One of those, staking a late claim, was Geordie Macleod.

:55:43.:55:48.

Alex Davidson had impressed greatly, but at a price. Sean Bowden

:55:48.:55:55.

demanded total commitment. He has broken down my stroke from start to

:55:55.:55:59.

finish, since we arrived. I had to spend a lot of time thinking about

:55:59.:56:05.

exactly what he wanted. Hopefully I am getting there. Elsewhere, one of

:56:05.:56:15.

the stars of the trials, Oskar Zorrilla, had found himself out of

:56:15.:56:21.

favour. I will want to know that whoever is coxing Isis will be able

:56:21.:56:25.

to challenge me, because that is when I will be able to get my

:56:25.:56:31.

practice. One thing the Boat Race has shown over the years is that

:56:31.:56:37.

anything can happen between now and the day. 5th March 2012, and, in

:56:37.:56:43.

the shadow of the Olympic Stadium, the two crews were finally unveiled.

:56:43.:56:47.

For the Dark Blues, Alex Davidson had proved his worth to claim the

:56:47.:56:57.

sixth seat. And William Zeng, despite his injury, made it. It is

:56:57.:56:59.

the opportunity for real achievement, as opposed to watching

:56:59.:57:07.

the other guys do it. There would be no fairy-tale for James Ditzell.

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And Katherine Apfelbaum would have to be content with the Cox seat in

:57:12.:57:18.

the Isis boat. I decided the best bet was to come in, thinking, I am

:57:18.:57:22.

coxing the boat, what do I do to make it as fast as possible? That

:57:22.:57:26.

has been my mindset since the middle of September. Zoe de

:57:26.:57:31.

Toledo's opposite number of would- be Ed Bosson, who turned 19 just

:57:31.:57:35.

yesterday. Jack Lindeman had proved his fitness in the face of

:57:35.:57:41.

competition, and Mike Thorp was back for another assault. We know

:57:41.:57:47.

what we need to do, we cannot let last year happen again. So, for all

:57:48.:57:51.

of them, the hard work is about to begin, they cannot drink any

:57:51.:57:55.

alcohol for days before the race, they need to eat plenty of

:57:55.:58:00.

carbohydrates, but for everybody here watching, it is just a big day

:58:00.:58:07.

out. When last we saw Oz and James, they were on the raised balcony

:58:07.:58:10.

outside the Dove, near Hammersmith Bridge, where they would have

:58:10.:58:15.

stayed, given the choice. But the good thing about being slightly

:58:15.:58:19.

tipsy is, you can become more easy to persuade to carry on your

:58:19.:58:27.

adventure. Do you fancy, because I know you believe everything was

:58:27.:58:37.

better in the past, to go to a pub for a traditional bar game? I will

:58:37.:58:42.

put you out of your misery, the game is skittles. Isn't that a

:58:42.:58:51.

little bit old-fashioned? It is, compared with Space invaders.

:58:51.:58:59.

they play with cheese? No, they play with a ball, I think. You need

:58:59.:59:06.

a bit more spin, James. Here we go. You throw it down and it went

:59:07.:59:13.

bouncing, like Barnes Wallis. It is quite interesting, actually, there

:59:13.:59:17.

is a long tradition of beer making on the river, for obvious reasons,

:59:17.:59:22.

I suppose, stuff could come in by boat. There is actually a brewery

:59:22.:59:30.

which makes lager. Foreign lager. Foreign lager? You're taking me to

:59:30.:59:34.

visit a brewery on our beloved Tideway which makes foreign lager?

:59:34.:59:38.

I thought it would give you a chance to have a good rant about

:59:38.:59:48.
:59:48.:59:56.

the decline of England. I will give You are amused by the most childish

:59:56.:00:02.

dreams. It is quite funny. Seriously, look at it closely, you

:00:02.:00:12.
:00:12.:00:15.

will see what I mean. It should be slightly fruity, a little bit?

:00:15.:00:22.

think there is a textural quality of the skin of a baked mackerel.

:00:22.:00:31.

slightly mineral feel to it. Is it bottled here or tank here? It goes

:00:31.:00:36.

off to going cans, I asked that earlier. Please pay attention. You

:00:36.:00:39.

thought because I was asking the question, it was irrelevant. But

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:00:49.:01:01.

actually, it was pertinent. Now, So is that the finishing post?

:01:01.:01:08.

is it. Well, they queue for enhancing my appreciation of the

:01:08.:01:14.

Boat Race, but where would you watch it? This is the end, and you

:01:14.:01:17.

can watch the rest on TV. Putney is the beginning and you can watch the

:01:17.:01:26.

rest on TV, or you can watch an enormous chunk of it at the Dove.

:01:26.:01:30.

Well, it is safe to say that they had fun with that. James May well

:01:30.:01:35.

be joining me next week at Aintree for his man and a programme, which

:01:35.:01:40.

makes me think about perfect physique for a rower. Andrew

:01:40.:01:44.

Triggs-Hodge and Tom James are with me again. What is the perfect shape

:01:44.:01:48.

for a road? It seems that you can be small and delicate, or you can

:01:48.:01:54.

be a beast of a man. There are lots of different routes. If you have

:01:54.:01:59.

long limbs, it helps, and big lungs. Genetics are certainly part of it.

:02:00.:02:05.

But being athletic and dynamic, the sport is about applying the power

:02:05.:02:11.

you have got and timing. You see all shapes and sizes. But generally,

:02:11.:02:14.

longer leavers and bigger lungs helps. And you have to stay

:02:14.:02:18.

motivated. You have been training this morning? Were were up bright

:02:18.:02:23.

and early this morning. It is a seven day job. But it is the same

:02:23.:02:28.

for the guys in the Boat Race. They are training every day for the Boat

:02:28.:02:35.

Race. But the motivation spills out into their dedication. And the

:02:35.:02:39.

coaches were combat. As everybody at homes finishes their lunch, how

:02:40.:02:44.

much do rowers eat in a given day, and what do they eat? For someone

:02:44.:02:50.

like me, it is about 6000 calories. You try and get more in when

:02:50.:02:55.

training, because I find my weight drops a bit. It is not the same for

:02:55.:03:00.

everyone, but it becomes a bit like a chore. You have to see it as

:03:00.:03:03.

another training session, which is the opposite of what a lot of

:03:03.:03:09.

people find. 6000 calories is typical. Enjoy watching the race. A

:03:09.:03:13.

brief word about weight - Cambridge are 7.9 kilograms per man on

:03:13.:03:17.

average heavier than Oxford. In the past, the heavier crew has seemed

:03:17.:03:23.

to have the advantage. Oxford are the favourites today, though. We

:03:23.:03:26.

have near-perfect conditions. I hand you over to our commentary

:03:26.:03:36.
:03:36.:04:03.

team. Let's look at total wins of For the last two years, the

:04:03.:04:07.

favourites have been beaten in this race. I will hop in a boat and head

:04:07.:04:13.

to the finish. Our commentary team will now take over, Dan Topolski

:04:13.:04:23.
:04:23.:04:24.

Cambridge are a stone heavier. But Oxford are odds-on favourites to

:04:24.:04:31.

win. This sporting fixture has been here well before the Moscow

:04:31.:04:36.

Olympics. But over the last 20 years, it has been equal between

:04:36.:04:41.

heavier and lighter crews. The big boys do not necessarily win. As Tom

:04:41.:04:48.

James was saying, more significant is that priceless ability to make

:04:48.:04:52.

the boat go faster on a course weather conditions are constantly

:04:52.:04:56.

changing. Down, there is plenty of driftwood, some of the worst

:04:56.:05:02.

conditions we have ever seen? through the week, the dredgers was

:05:02.:05:06.

supposed to be cleaning the river and getting rid of some of the

:05:06.:05:13.

rubbish that tipped into the river earlier in the week. Oxford had

:05:13.:05:16.

their fines knocked off by a submerged drifting log on Monday.

:05:16.:05:22.

We have seen that all this week, and it will be a serious problem

:05:22.:05:27.

for the coxes. It is below the surface of the water. The umpire

:05:27.:05:31.

has stated that if there are any problems, he will pick it up. This

:05:32.:05:38.

is the reserve crew we are watching. The crew for Oxford have come well

:05:38.:05:48.
:05:48.:05:56.

clear. They have won again. The Cambridge crew won the toss. And

:05:56.:06:04.

And yet again, Isis have won. was a big margin of victory. A

:06:04.:06:07.

great success to come off the Middlesex side, round the

:06:07.:06:13.

Hammersmith bend. A very good performance, and it bodes well for

:06:13.:06:19.

Oxford in the main race coming up now. There is a big weight

:06:19.:06:23.

difference, and that is really considerable. The heavier crews

:06:23.:06:28.

have longer legs, longer answer. That power, if Cambridge can

:06:28.:06:33.

harness it well and really put on in the middle of the race with that

:06:33.:06:38.

power and role efficiently, they will be a very big challenge. But

:06:38.:06:43.

Oxford are very racy. They have three lightweights in the boat, my

:06:43.:06:51.

size, 77 kilos or about 12 stone. That is a big difference. The coach

:06:51.:06:57.

has been working on that. It is very much his programme after the

:06:57.:07:00.

disappointment in 2010 to ensure that his chosen crew do themselves

:07:00.:07:06.

justice and turn potential into high performance. I am the

:07:06.:07:11.

president of the CBC, and this is my crew. I am studying medicine

:07:11.:07:19.

with a PhD in behavioural neuroscience. I am studying Anglo-

:07:19.:07:24.

Saxon, Norse and Celtic literature. Jack provides a lot of positivity

:07:24.:07:29.

and enthusiasm. I am reading history at Homerton College. I

:07:29.:07:37.

bring fight. I am studying law at St Edmund's. He provides a lot of

:07:37.:07:43.

hunger and technical leadership. am studying land economy. He is a

:07:43.:07:53.
:07:53.:07:53.

real workhorse. I am studying economic Research. He is a fellow

:07:53.:08:01.

Aussie, bringing a lot of experience. I am studying history.

:08:01.:08:07.

He sets up a solid rhythm, and the rest follow his lead. I am studying

:08:07.:08:17.
:08:17.:08:24.

natural sciences. He is the will be fielding as his Oxford crew,

:08:24.:08:28.

the dark Blues, are chasing their ninth victory as Oxford coach since

:08:28.:08:34.

he was given the job in 1998. He is an unflappable man. And there is a

:08:34.:08:41.

quiet intensity to his Crow. There is no hiding their ambition to rule

:08:41.:08:50.

the Tideway once more. I am Karl Hudspith, President of the Oxford

:08:50.:08:55.

University Boat Club. This is my crew. I am reading graduate entry

:08:55.:09:04.

medicine. He won last year's Isis race. Quantum computation. Yale

:09:04.:09:09.

graduate William Zeng is as quick with mental arithmetic as he is

:09:09.:09:15.

with an oar. I am reading water science policy management. Another

:09:15.:09:22.

vocal American. I am reading for an MSc in research and geography

:09:22.:09:29.

environment. He is one of the toughest in the crew. I am studying

:09:29.:09:34.

chromosome and developmental Biology. He has a constantly chirpy

:09:34.:09:40.

and upbeat personality. I am studying computational biology at

:09:40.:09:45.

Mansfield College. The third of our former lightweights in the boat, he

:09:45.:09:51.

also rowed in last year's Isis race. I am doing a masters in Surgical

:09:51.:09:56.

Sciences. The second of our senior internationals in the crew, a true

:09:56.:10:01.

Dutch master. I am reading for an MSc in Criminology and Criminal

:10:01.:10:06.

Justice. A former under 23 world champion who learned to cox on the

:10:06.:10:15.

Tideway. Her experience is valuable. When you see the Cambridge crew, in

:10:15.:10:19.

the middle of the boat, there is a tandem rig, one in front of the

:10:19.:10:27.

other, with their blades on the first side. They became the first

:10:27.:10:31.

crew to win with such a set-up. bring your weight into the middle

:10:31.:10:36.

of the boat. That is one reason for doing it. If your boat is not going

:10:36.:10:40.

straight in the normal set-up, you want to change that so that your

:10:40.:10:46.

bow man does not have the same leverage. You are trying to get a

:10:46.:10:49.

straight to running boat. That must be one of the problems they were

:10:49.:10:59.
:10:59.:11:05.

having. Two boats waiting. John Garrett is in the umpire's launch.

:11:05.:11:10.

Let's see where Clare Balding has got too, towards Hammersmith? You

:11:10.:11:15.

are going well? When you get to come down the river

:11:15.:11:19.

on a boat, I am excited because you get a real sense of all of the

:11:19.:11:23.

crowds. You can imagine the noise that will be here as the crews

:11:23.:11:27.

reached Hammersmith Bridge. They still have the large part of the

:11:27.:11:31.

race to go and the big left-handed curve. The water is slightly choppy,

:11:31.:11:39.

with a bit of a headwind, but we have to speed up. Bye-bye.

:11:39.:11:47.

Clare is churning up the water for the race! So she is happy. We are

:11:47.:11:55.

now by Putney Bridge. You can see the two boats on their stations.

:11:55.:11:59.

Oxford are on the North Bank, the Middlesex bank. And Cambridge are

:11:59.:12:07.

on the southern bank, the Surrey station. Dan will take you through.

:12:07.:12:16.

Please acknowledge that you can hear this. Testing for volume. Zoe,

:12:16.:12:25.

can you hear that? At the start, we come off Putney Bridge. The forced

:12:25.:12:33.

corner they come to is Fulham Football Club. Then they go to

:12:33.:12:36.

Middlesex, then up to Hammersmith Bridge, seven minutes gone. Then

:12:36.:12:45.

round the big spend on the Surrey side. Straighter long Chiswick Eyot,

:12:45.:12:49.

round and then the last seven minutes, you are coming up through

:12:49.:12:53.

the Bandstand, with four minutes to go. Three minutes from Barnes

:12:53.:12:57.

Bridge. A big curve in favour of Oxford for the last few minutes of

:12:57.:13:03.

the race, through to the finish at Chiswick.

:13:03.:13:06.

That is the cause which is laid out ahead, a course already conquered

:13:07.:13:11.

by the Oxford reserve crew, Isis. They started from the same station

:13:11.:13:17.

the blue boat will start on. advantage of being on the Middlesex

:13:17.:13:21.

here is that they will not hit the headwind until they get round the

:13:21.:13:27.

corner. The Surrey side will hit it first. They will get the rougher

:13:27.:13:32.

water along the first mile through to Hammersmith Bridge. Oxford will

:13:32.:13:37.

be trying to get as much as they can in this first part of the race.

:13:37.:13:45.

We are waiting. The umpire is controlled. The crews are waiting.

:13:45.:13:53.

This means so much to both crews. It is one race, one day, and

:13:53.:13:58.

everything builds up to that. The effect of losing, we can't let last

:13:58.:14:06.

year happen again. You spent seven months, and at the end you either

:14:06.:14:16.
:14:16.:14:16.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 44 seconds

:14:16.:15:01.

have just had one British rower in their boat. You can see the two

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coxes. Ed Bosson, 19 just yesterday. For Oxford, Zoe de Toledo, a winner

:15:10.:15:16.

last year for Isis. There's Matthew Pinsent, who will be Assistant

:15:16.:15:22.

umpire. And there's John Garrett, never a winner as a Cambridge

:15:22.:15:27.

oarsmen. Three times an umpire of the Boat Race, and returns in

:15:27.:15:37.
:15:37.:15:39.

charge of the reserve race. Arms aloft, so, neither crew ready just

:15:39.:15:49.
:15:49.:16:05.

way. At the start is crucial. As expected, Oxford are away.

:16:05.:16:11.

Cambridge, with the greater weight. But look at Oxford, charging clear.

:16:11.:16:15.

Cambridge very slow on those first few strokes, we saw that in

:16:15.:16:18.

practice earlier in the week, they were very slow getting going.

:16:18.:16:22.

Oxford have got about a third of a length already. They are

:16:22.:16:30.

approaching the first corner. If they can just push this on, and not

:16:30.:16:35.

allow Cambridge to get into their stride... Cambridge know that

:16:35.:16:39.

Oxford are good starters. They are prepared for that, they say. They

:16:39.:16:45.

are hoping that they will be able to make their weight tell. They are

:16:45.:16:49.

more than a stone a man heavier, and that is their big calling-card.

:16:49.:16:53.

They have to get into position to make sure they can make the most of

:16:53.:16:59.

this Surrey bank. Fulham football ground coming up on the right-hand

:16:59.:17:05.

side, the Middlesex station. Both crews are at 35 strokes a minute at

:17:05.:17:09.

the moment, they have settled into their race pace. They are just

:17:09.:17:19.
:17:19.:17:20.

passing Noel our commentating box. Oxford have half a length. You can

:17:20.:17:24.

hear the umpire, John Garrett, warning the boats. He is saying to

:17:24.:17:30.

Oxford, you're pushing further towards the Surrey station. Again,

:17:30.:17:37.

they're being warned. Zoe de Toledo, a very impressive Cox in all the

:17:37.:17:40.

previous matches on the Tideway in the build-up to this race.

:17:40.:17:44.

Cambridge have done a very good job here, they have checked Oxford's

:17:44.:17:49.

progress, and they are getting into their rhythm, moving up into

:17:49.:17:54.

contention. Oxford still trying to get away. They need to get as much

:17:54.:17:59.

of an advantage in this first part of the race as they can, before

:17:59.:18:06.

they hit the big Hammersmith bend. That is worth three quarters of a

:18:06.:18:10.

length to the inside crew, which is Cambridge. As they come into the

:18:10.:18:14.

rest of the race, into this head wind, the Cambridge extra weight

:18:14.:18:22.

will really come to their advantage. John Garrett has been to see both

:18:22.:18:27.

crews, insisting that he wants at least four or five metres between

:18:27.:18:32.

the two boats. They're quite close together at the moment. The umpire

:18:32.:18:36.

has said he wants that gap, but they are getting quite close. He

:18:36.:18:40.

wants them to move apart. He thinks they're both encroaching against

:18:40.:18:46.

each other, so no-one is at fault, but he wants them further apart.

:18:46.:18:52.

Both crews, move apart! They're coming on to the straight, and

:18:52.:18:55.

Oxford have got about a quarter of a length. Cambridge have settled

:18:55.:19:02.

into a very good, strong, 35 strokes a minute. Expect Cambridge,

:19:02.:19:05.

as they approached the Harrod's Repository, to make a big, big push.

:19:05.:19:09.

That's what they have been practising, that's where they think

:19:09.:19:14.

they can really score. Middlesex bend, were something like

:19:14.:19:20.

a quarter of a length to the crew on that side. But then, it really

:19:20.:19:24.

starts to tell, as the river starts to bend around. Underneath

:19:24.:19:30.

Hammersmith Bridge, down towards Chiswick Steps, and that advantage

:19:30.:19:33.

could be as much as three-quarters of a length to a length. So,

:19:33.:19:41.

Cambridge are still in touch, as they come up to the former Harrod's

:19:41.:19:47.

Repository, now, luxury flats. Cambridge have come back, as we can

:19:47.:19:52.

see. Oxford on the outside of his corner, this is where they really

:19:52.:19:56.

have to push. They will try to make a big push, they have got to push

:19:56.:19:59.

before they get to the Harrod's Repository. Cambridge have settled

:19:59.:20:05.

into a very strong rhythm, looking very good. Remember, a stone a man

:20:05.:20:11.

extra, it is like having an extra man in the boat. Eight kilos,

:20:11.:20:15.

nearly 10 stone, of extra power in that Cambridge boat, and into this

:20:15.:20:21.

head wind, it is having a big effect. Oxford, entirely aware of

:20:21.:20:25.

Cambridge's weight advantage, conscious that their technical

:20:25.:20:28.

skill, the ability to move the boat efficiently and effectively as a

:20:28.:20:37.

unit, not necessarily being clunky, that could be their advantage.

:20:37.:20:41.

Still about a quarter of a length of clear, as Cambridge start to dig

:20:41.:20:46.

in. With the sunglasses and the pony tail, at number five, Mike

:20:46.:20:51.

Thorp, hurting so deeply following that defeat last year, having won

:20:52.:20:57.

the year before that. Here they go again, Oxford getting quite close.

:20:57.:21:01.

They have straightened up again, but they are making a very big push,

:21:01.:21:06.

to try to get as much of an advantage as possible, as you can

:21:06.:21:09.

see the Harrod's Repository on the left. They are trying to get away a

:21:09.:21:16.

bit, so they have an advantage going into this big, big corner.

:21:16.:21:20.

The coxes are driving this aggressive, racing line, looking

:21:20.:21:26.

for the fastest water, the deepest water is the fastest stream, which

:21:26.:21:34.

is what both crews are searching for. But only if one crew moves

:21:34.:21:37.

actually -- moves at least one length clear, can they then move

:21:37.:21:47.

across. Something like 2000 metres, which is the usual length for the

:21:47.:21:51.

World Championships or the Olympics. As they come up to Hammersmith

:21:51.:21:56.

Bridge, they have got an advantage of three-quarters of a length,

:21:56.:22:00.

going around his corner. Oxford will have to hold on now, they have

:22:01.:22:05.

not got enough of an advantage to move ahead. You can see now,

:22:05.:22:08.

Cambridge beginning to move, they have moved up to 37 strokes a

:22:08.:22:18.
:22:18.:22:21.

minute, and they are pushing fast. At stroke, a very cool man, calm

:22:21.:22:27.

man, Niles Garratt, but women can be relied upon for great rhythm.

:22:27.:22:37.
:22:37.:22:53.

And for Oxford, in the bow seat, to the left, towards Chiswick Reach.

:22:53.:22:58.

This is where the Surrey bend could count for Cambridge. Then now,

:22:58.:23:02.

they're starting to make it count. Oxford have been warned, they have

:23:02.:23:06.

had to move out towards the outside of that corner. It is very

:23:06.:23:10.

dangerous for them, they have got to dig in and hold all the way

:23:10.:23:14.

around the outside of his corner. Remember, Cambridge, big weight,

:23:14.:23:19.

big power in their boat, harnessing it well. They have got to make this

:23:19.:23:23.

work, they have got to move away, it is worth three quarters of a

:23:23.:23:27.

length, and try and get clear of Oxford. Because Oxford will have

:23:27.:23:35.

the advantage over the last bend. So, how do you think it is looking?

:23:35.:23:40.

We have got a fantastic race on her hands, better than anybody expected,

:23:40.:23:44.

better than the book is expected. Cambridge have done an amazing job

:23:44.:23:48.

in the first eight or nine minutes, they have made their weight tell.

:23:48.:23:51.

They have got another three or four minutes on this big Surrey bend,

:23:51.:23:56.

they have to get away from Oxford, because after this, the next bend

:23:56.:24:03.

will be in Oxford's favour. Cambridge have to get away. This is

:24:03.:24:09.

some contest. So many sages on the towpaths were saying that Oxford

:24:09.:24:19.
:24:19.:24:21.

would run away with this. But here we are, coming up to the 9th minute,

:24:21.:24:27.

by Chiswick Reach, just on the left, back upstream, and we are pretty

:24:27.:24:32.

much level. Oxford holding on very well around the outside of his

:24:32.:24:37.

corner. Oxford are still in this race. Cambridge's advantage is

:24:37.:24:41.

beginning to run out, but they are making the most of it, really

:24:41.:24:44.

having a big push now, because they know that the advantage is going to

:24:44.:24:49.

turn to the other side of the River once they get around his corner.

:24:49.:24:53.

They have got a straight coming up alongside Chiswick Eyot. Cambridge

:24:53.:24:58.

Ian ward, they're trying to push out, but Oxford holding on, and now,

:24:58.:25:02.

they will try to push on and feel that they have got the advantage.

:25:02.:25:07.

Now, they're beginning to move, Oxford, back alongside again. And

:25:07.:25:10.

this straight is where the advantage will start to favour

:25:10.:25:20.
:25:20.:25:25.

Oxford. Now, it is down to real guts and determination. This is

:25:25.:25:29.

down to where or the real Boat Race work is done. They have got about

:25:29.:25:34.

seven minutes to go. Cambridge will be warned, they are coming across.

:25:34.:25:38.

But the coxes are reacting well. It is big man's work for the last

:25:38.:25:43.

eight minutes of his race. Oxford have just got the edge. Trust is a

:25:43.:25:50.

word you hear so much for rowing crews, trust in the Cox, trusting

:25:50.:25:55.

each other, as a unit, to dig deep and do everything you can to take

:25:55.:26:00.

your boat to the finishing line first. And Oxford have dug deep,

:26:00.:26:05.

held their own around that crucial Surrey bend, and now, look as if

:26:05.:26:15.
:26:15.:26:15.

they are pulling clear possibly. As they come up towards Dukes Meadow

:26:15.:26:19.

on the Middlesex side. Still something like eight minutes to go,

:26:19.:26:28.

and nothing to choose between them. Seven minutes to go now. Once they

:26:28.:26:33.

get around this corner. What has happened? Cambridge have stopped.

:26:33.:26:36.

They have stopped growing, there is a man swimming a cross between the

:26:37.:26:46.
:26:47.:26:50.

boats. All the boats have stopped. What a shock. This is unprecedented.

:26:50.:26:56.

Well, this could well be a restart for John Garrett. He will start the

:26:56.:27:01.

race, with the crews pretty well even. Oxford just had the edge. He

:27:01.:27:06.

will have to start the race again from this point. This is going to

:27:06.:27:11.

be an advantage for Cambridge, because the weight will get them

:27:11.:27:15.

going much faster, they will be much quicker on a winning start.

:27:15.:27:20.

They will start where they are on the water, as they work, in the

:27:20.:27:25.

sense that Oxford were just possibly a quarter length ahead. It

:27:25.:27:29.

will take some time for this to be arranged. Have you ever seen

:27:29.:27:34.

anything like this before? Never seen anything like it. The race was

:27:34.:27:41.

stopped once seven or eight years ago. But a swimmer in the river?

:27:41.:27:45.

It was a demonstration, clearly, to draw attention to himself. We will

:27:46.:27:55.
:27:56.:27:56.

find out why he did it later on. We're going to spin round, we are

:27:56.:28:00.

going to start the race from the bottom of Chiswick Eyot, it is a

:28:00.:28:08.

restart. That's what we're going to do. So, the umpire, John Garrett,

:28:08.:28:18.

saying that they're going to turn around and go back to Chiswick Eyot.

:28:18.:28:21.

This is a shock. Remember, they have worked, emotionally and

:28:21.:28:26.

physically, extremely hard. The advantage is going to become a

:28:26.:28:32.

really, apart from the little band which will favour Cambridge,

:28:32.:28:35.

they're starting at the bottom of the island, they will go for one

:28:35.:28:38.

minute along the island, they will hit that corner, which will favour

:28:38.:28:42.

Cambridge, and then the advantage will turn to Oxford for the last

:28:42.:28:46.

part of the race. So, the advantage is going to be a little bit with

:28:46.:28:51.

Oxford. Whether the umpire starts the crews level, or whether he

:28:51.:28:56.

starts them as they were at that point in the race, we do not know.

:28:56.:29:00.

But the important thing here is, the lactate which has built up in

:29:00.:29:06.

the muscles of these two crews, it will be extremely important. And

:29:06.:29:10.

there you can see the swimmer in the water, that was very quick-

:29:10.:29:16.

thinking, from the Oxford cox, Zoe de Toledo, because that could have

:29:16.:29:20.

been quite frightening. You can see his head bobbing in the water, that

:29:20.:29:24.

could have been quite horrific. could have had his head cut off by

:29:24.:29:29.

the blades. But then launches that were falling cannot stop, he would

:29:29.:29:35.

have been subsumed by them. remember in the Formula 1 at

:29:35.:29:38.

Hockenheim a few years ago, something similar, but I was not

:29:38.:29:45.

expecting that. The amount of lactate which has built up in the

:29:45.:29:49.

muscles of these athletes, very, very difficult. There has got to be

:29:49.:29:53.

a lot of very, very focused thinking in the boats as they think

:29:53.:30:00.

about what they're going to do. It is going to be a rolling start. The

:30:00.:30:04.

umpire is going to have to judge the distance between them, as they

:30:04.:30:11.

start off. He will have to judge how he starts them. But look at the

:30:11.:30:14.

waves which have been kicked up by the following launches. All of

:30:14.:30:18.

those following launches are having to turn around, to get back behind

:30:18.:30:24.

the crews, so the water is appalling. Whether the umpire will

:30:24.:30:28.

give this water time to settle down, we do not know. What are conditions

:30:28.:30:38.
:30:38.:30:46.

launches have come to a screeching halt. We are sitting next to the

:30:46.:30:49.

police boat which has picked up this protester who was swimming

:30:49.:30:53.

across. He has a big smile on his face. He has achieved his aims, but

:30:53.:30:59.

the whole race today has been disrupted. There had been all sorts

:30:59.:31:06.

of preparations and pre-race planning and visualisation. Surely

:31:06.:31:15.

this could not have been part of anyone's visualisation. No. But how

:31:15.:31:23.

to take off again from a stop, that will have been thought about. But

:31:23.:31:28.

it is how quickly they can recover. See how what cities. The boats are

:31:28.:31:33.

bouncing around. The launches are churning it out -- about as they go

:31:33.:31:37.

back to the start. This is very difficult for the crews. Their

:31:37.:31:42.

adrenalin will be right up now. This is going to be an

:31:42.:31:45.

extraordinary last seven minutes. They are starting eight minutes

:31:45.:31:51.

from the finish. They have stopped just past halfway. But the umpire

:31:51.:31:58.

is taking them back to start at the halfway point. You can see how the

:31:58.:32:05.

boats are still making their way back towards the Hammersmith Bridge.

:32:05.:32:10.

I wonder if we can talk to Matthew Pinsent, who is on the umpire's the

:32:10.:32:19.

launch. Matthew, how is this going to work? John Garratt obviously

:32:19.:32:23.

stopped at the race for the swimmer in the water. The rules allow him

:32:23.:32:28.

to stop the race and restart it from any position he sees fit. At

:32:29.:32:34.

the moment, we are taking Cambridge and Oxford back up the river,

:32:34.:32:37.

because the tide is constantly taking us towards the finish line.

:32:37.:32:41.

We will align them again so that they are level, and rowed the last

:32:41.:32:46.

bit of the course. It is not ideal. But given those circumstances, what

:32:46.:32:52.

could we do? It is a safety issue. If you have someone in the water,

:32:52.:32:56.

it could be a very serious injury if someone was hit by a rowing boat.

:32:56.:32:59.

Fortunately, we spotted him and stopped the race. How easy will it

:33:00.:33:04.

be to get these crews level and how easy is it to get some sort of

:33:04.:33:09.

level surface, too? It will be so churned up because of the boats.

:33:09.:33:15.

Absolutely. We are bobbing about now. It is not ideal. But we could

:33:15.:33:21.

not possibly have carried on. The rules do not allow the umpire to

:33:21.:33:25.

designate a winner if you stop at that point. They have to cross the

:33:25.:33:30.

finishing line. So now we are left with this position that we will

:33:30.:33:34.

have a four or five-minute race now from here to the finish line.

:33:34.:33:38.

wonder how long it will take for you to get in position and for the

:33:38.:33:45.

crews themselves to be ready? Cambridge are ahead of us. Oxford

:33:45.:33:50.

are level with us. So we probably have another three or four minutes

:33:50.:33:53.

before the crews are back towards the position where John Garrett

:33:53.:33:57.

wants to turn them on to the tide. This has never happened before in

:33:57.:34:02.

the Boat Race. We have never had a swimmer before. As anything ever

:34:02.:34:05.

happened like this team in all your experience, Olympics, training,

:34:05.:34:09.

whatever? We have had plenty of swimmers, but always after the

:34:09.:34:14.

finish line, swimming out to say well done or commiserations. This

:34:14.:34:22.

is a new one. Dan, I was out watching Cambridge in their last

:34:22.:34:27.

race on the Tideway against Molesey. And in their second race, they

:34:28.:34:32.

almost had a collision with a cruiser which was coming down the

:34:32.:34:36.

river and only noticed the two crews racing flat out at the last

:34:36.:34:39.

minute and veered straight across to avoid them, but completely

:34:39.:34:44.

disrupted the race. Cambridge, at one stage, in their boat, which is

:34:44.:34:50.

a slightly more delicate boat than the one used by Oxford, there were

:34:50.:34:54.

concerns that it would snap, because there was an enormous wash,

:34:54.:34:59.

and it was going up and down alarmingly and the race was ruined.

:34:59.:35:05.

Well, the race has been ruined here. The key thing to think about now is

:35:05.:35:11.

how this disruption is affecting the two crews. You have three very

:35:11.:35:15.

small people in this Oxford boat. The amount of work they will have

:35:15.:35:20.

done to be in the race around the outside of the corner, they will be

:35:20.:35:27.

feeling that. They have less resilience than bigger people. The

:35:27.:35:34.

advantage of the extra weight that Cambridge have, that will help them

:35:34.:35:38.

to dispel the tiredness in the Lakes. They will be able to move

:35:38.:35:48.

off more quickly on a running start. They will not be held back. Their

:35:48.:35:50.

first few shroud will be much stronger and sharper. But Oxford

:35:51.:35:57.

have the advantage of the last corner, and that will help. But now

:35:57.:36:02.

they are trying to get their legs moving and get themselves back.

:36:02.:36:06.

Having built themselves up to go towards the finish, they now have

:36:06.:36:11.

to come back up again. They are not doing much work, they are just

:36:11.:36:18.

paddling back. They need to keep moving. But they have done races in

:36:18.:36:23.

other fixtures where they have had to race two seven minute pieces or

:36:23.:36:30.

two nine-minute pieces, so they have done this in training. But in

:36:30.:36:34.

the actual main race, they will have expended everything to get to

:36:34.:36:38.

that point. Wayne Pommen, have you ever experienced anything like this,

:36:38.:36:43.

and if so how did you manage to reset your mind to race again?

:36:43.:36:46.

have not seen anything like this. The last time this happened in a

:36:46.:36:51.

Boat Race was 2001, when there was a collision and a restart. The

:36:51.:36:56.

biggest question will be whether the umpire will start the crews

:36:56.:37:00.

level, or whether he will estimate who was leading at the time of the

:37:00.:37:05.

incident. In 2001, Oxford were leading when it was stopped. But

:37:05.:37:08.

they were have restarted roughly level, and the umpire was severely

:37:08.:37:14.

criticised. So the question is, what will happen this time? Having

:37:14.:37:17.

talked to John Garratt earlier in the week, I understood that in the

:37:17.:37:21.

event of any driftwood getting in the way, as we discussed earlier,

:37:21.:37:28.

when Oxford lost their fear and and there but had to come back, if they

:37:28.:37:34.

were to have repaired it, he would have restarted the race in the

:37:34.:37:36.

order and the ranking that the boats were at the time of the

:37:36.:37:40.

incident. So which of the crew was in the lead, he would set it up as

:37:40.:37:45.

near as possible to that advantage to the crew who were leading. So by

:37:45.:37:50.

my reckoning, it was very close. There was about a quarter of a

:37:50.:37:58.

length in it. Imagine how much work they have to do now to come back up.

:37:58.:38:02.

Also, you talked about the lactic acid and how they get themselves

:38:02.:38:11.

ready again. And what about the start? It was crucial when we saw

:38:11.:38:21.

it originally, with Oxford starting so powerfully. Looking at the

:38:21.:38:25.

course here, the stoppage of the race happened just on this corner

:38:25.:38:32.

here. They had seven minutes to go from the point where they had to

:38:32.:38:38.

stop. There are now working back down the river towards this end of

:38:38.:38:43.

the island. They will line up at the bottom end, which is pretty

:38:43.:38:47.

well exactly halfway over the Boat Race course. They will have raced

:38:47.:38:57.
:38:57.:38:57.

eight minutes, and they now have nine-and-a-half minutes to go.

:38:57.:39:01.

There is a short corner in favour of Cambridge on the Surrey side.

:39:01.:39:05.

And as they come round to the crossing, the advantage then starts

:39:06.:39:12.

for the Middlesex side, which is Oxford. It takes us under Barnes

:39:12.:39:17.

Bridge. Both crews go through the centre arch and then round towards

:39:17.:39:23.

the finish, just before Chiswick Bridge. The crews still have some

:39:23.:39:27.

work to do. It was optimistic of Matthew Pinsent to say there were

:39:27.:39:37.
:39:37.:39:43.

five minutes to go. Extraordinary. Canada geese serenely in front of

:39:43.:39:50.

us, near Putney! And mayhem further downstream. I suppose it is also

:39:50.:39:56.

fair to say that the spectators will be waiting at Mortlake,

:39:56.:40:00.

thinking, what has happened? Has there been a sinking? Have they

:40:00.:40:05.

suddenly disappeared?! I am sure the word will have got out on

:40:05.:40:11.

portable radios and mobile phones. They are probably aware of what

:40:11.:40:18.

happened. And those watching it in cider on TV and in the pubs will

:40:18.:40:23.

see what is going on. You can see people checking their mobile phones.

:40:23.:40:33.
:40:33.:40:35.

The power of Twitter. I am sure they will be filing furiously. But

:40:35.:40:41.

there is still some time before this race will resume. Still

:40:41.:40:51.
:40:51.:40:56.

waiting to confirm exactly how far... I wonder who was in front.

:40:56.:41:01.

John Garrett has been the centre of controversy before, when he was

:41:01.:41:07.

umpire in the Isis race in 1990, when he disqualified Isis when the

:41:07.:41:17.
:41:17.:41:18.

two crews came too close together. That was quite a controversy.

:41:18.:41:28.
:41:28.:41:29.

are going to restart at the bottom of the eight. So this is the replay

:41:29.:41:34.

of where they were. You can just see the man in the water. Who was

:41:34.:41:41.

ahead? It looks to be Oxford, a quarter of a length ahead. If they

:41:41.:41:45.

start a quarter of a length ahead, that will eliminate the advantage

:41:45.:41:51.

that Cambridge will have on the first corner. It seems that that

:41:51.:41:55.

launch has an extra passenger, heading down towards Putney Bridge,

:41:55.:41:59.

namely the man who was in the water. You hope there is no one planning

:41:59.:42:03.

to do something similar, because this was brewing up to be a really

:42:03.:42:07.

close, tight-knit contest, much against all predictions. So many

:42:07.:42:13.

were saying Oxford looked so good in the water, Cambridge unable to

:42:13.:42:17.

nip their power properly as a flowing unit, which is so important

:42:17.:42:21.

on this stretch of water. It is not like 2000 metres in a straight line,

:42:21.:42:27.

as at the World Championships and on the Olympic rowing course in 16

:42:27.:42:34.

weeks' time. This is a river all of its own, with its own special,

:42:34.:42:38.

capricious conditions, which have caught out many a crew in the past

:42:38.:42:43.

and will do so in the future. But the problem now is entirely man-

:42:43.:42:48.

made and has thankfully been removed. You can see how bouncy

:42:48.:42:58.
:42:58.:43:06.

that water is. Very uncomfortable for them. They are just sitting,

:43:06.:43:16.

waiting for the... The umpire will be wanting to try and let the water

:43:16.:43:22.

settle down. In all your experience, have you ever had anything like

:43:22.:43:32.

this? Either as an oarsman or a coach? My Bowman collapsed in 1980,

:43:32.:43:37.

when I was with Oxford. Six years ago, the Cambridge four man

:43:37.:43:43.

collapsed. But no disruption like this? No. Not actually in the race.

:43:43.:43:50.

A clash and a stoppage by the umpire and then maybe start. So we

:43:50.:43:55.

have had a restart. Matthew Pinsent, I gather you can hear us again.

:43:55.:44:03.

What is your schedule now? We are just talking to Oxford now. John

:44:03.:44:08.

Garrett is telling them the exact start line for the restart, which

:44:08.:44:12.

will be down Chiswick Eyot. You obviously want to get going again

:44:12.:44:16.

as quickly as you can, but the balance is the water. The flotilla

:44:16.:44:21.

that follows the race churns up the river to a great extent, so they

:44:21.:44:25.

will have to race in some bumpy conditions which are completely

:44:25.:44:35.
:44:35.:44:35.

unlike what they just had. We are going to restart the race. Please

:44:35.:44:43.

get off the course. That is the lifeboat, being asked to leave the

:44:43.:44:52.

premises because of the Wash. This is the problem. You can see, he is

:44:52.:44:56.

churning it up again. That means the water bounces between the banks

:44:56.:45:01.

and creates a rolling, difficult piece of water to roll on. It was

:45:01.:45:05.

some feat for Cambridge last month in that race against Molesey to

:45:05.:45:11.

gather themselves. At one stage, the cox it said, just stop running,

:45:11.:45:16.

because they were pitching and it was a very close thing. Let's see

:45:16.:45:26.
:45:26.:45:34.

last year. Yes, and you can give us a flavour of this and what it must

:45:34.:45:39.

be like for the coxes. It is something completely unexpected. It

:45:39.:45:43.

is something which gets bandied about in a joking way, what if

:45:43.:45:47.

somebody jumped into the river? You talk about debris and things like

:45:47.:45:50.

that, but actually somebody being in the river, that has never

:45:50.:45:54.

happened before. Already, the coxes have shown great maturity in

:45:54.:46:00.

stopping, getting their crews back together, spinning, and getting

:46:00.:46:04.

ready for the restart. It now becomes a completely different race.

:46:04.:46:08.

Yes, it was developing into one of the most exciting races we have

:46:08.:46:13.

seen for a while. They were both still right there. But they will be

:46:13.:46:16.

getting back into the zone, they will be refocusing themselves, and

:46:16.:46:22.

I'm sure we will see a great end to this race. Let's hope so, we would

:46:22.:46:32.
:46:32.:46:36.

have been well into the to get into some kind of station.

:46:36.:46:40.

And you may have heard how John Garrett was still unhappy with

:46:40.:46:50.
:46:50.:47:10.

boat's there are all part of the Boat Race flotilla. Now, waiting

:47:10.:47:15.

for John Garrett to be happy, for the crews to be ready, and on their

:47:15.:47:21.

respective stations. Currently, both crews are on the Surrey bank,

:47:21.:47:25.

and we know that Oxford have got to be on the other side, to satisfy

:47:25.:47:32.

this man here. We're still not really yet quite sure whether they

:47:32.:47:35.

going to start level, or whether they're going to start with Oxford

:47:35.:47:40.

slightly ahead, as they were when they came round the corner. When

:47:41.:47:47.

they got to the point of the swimmer, at the top of Chiswick

:47:47.:47:54.

Eyot, it was pretty close. Let's go to Sonali. You have a man with you

:47:54.:48:02.

who knows all about rowing. Yes, with me now, Andrew Triggs-Hodge.

:48:02.:48:07.

We have been watching events unfold from Putney. What will be going

:48:07.:48:13.

through the mind of the rowers? This is a complete game-changer.

:48:13.:48:19.

These guys have been preparing for a race which will last 18 minutes,

:48:19.:48:23.

and the physiological demand is very precise. They have now had to

:48:23.:48:29.

stop the race because of a stupid swimmer, and not only do they then

:48:29.:48:33.

have to come down from that race, put it to bed, get their heads

:48:33.:48:38.

screwed back on, but now, they have got to start the process of getting

:48:38.:48:42.

their bodies could back up to start racing again. The demands of

:48:42.:48:47.

physical as well as mental. As soon as they finished that first piece,

:48:47.:48:52.

their body would have been going, OK, fine, I can start to slow down,

:48:52.:48:58.

start to recover. However, they have now got to be kick-started

:48:58.:49:03.

again, to get it going again, for the last seven minutes. That is a

:49:03.:49:07.

short race in these terms, and it is going to be a whole new demand

:49:07.:49:12.

for them. It changes everything they have been preparing for.

:49:12.:49:17.

their plans completely thrown out of the window. Exactly, they

:49:17.:49:22.

prepare for one start. Now they have got to restart. They were side

:49:22.:49:25.

by side for the majority of the race, it has been a fantastic race.

:49:25.:49:28.

Oxford would have been confident, going into the next phase of the

:49:28.:49:32.

race, on the inside of the bend, mentally, they would have been in a

:49:32.:49:37.

very strong position. Cambridge had been trying really hard around the

:49:37.:49:42.

inside of their bend, that was the part where they had to win the race.

:49:42.:49:46.

And now, we have a situation where everybody is back to the start, but

:49:46.:49:50.

they have moved it back, so they have given Cambridge their bent

:49:50.:49:57.

back, which I find a bit crazy. If you have a streaker coming on in

:49:57.:50:03.

tennis, you do not then go back a few sets. So, they have given

:50:03.:50:08.

Cambridge another chance at their inside bend. It merely changes

:50:08.:50:12.

everything. It is hard to know what is going to happen. The athletes

:50:12.:50:17.

have to get their head switched back on. They have to find a new

:50:18.:50:21.

side of their training, because they will not have practised this,

:50:21.:50:24.

they have just got to believe that they can push on hard and get back

:50:24.:50:28.

into the race. Who do you think will have the psychological

:50:28.:50:35.

advantage, with the race having been moved back? Well, it would

:50:35.:50:39.

have been Oxford, but now, Cambridge can think that they have

:50:39.:50:45.

got a second chance, which can do some good things to a crew, they

:50:45.:50:49.

can get their heads up again and they can really kick on. They know

:50:49.:50:54.

how Oxford started at the beginning of the race, I think they can make

:50:54.:50:58.

amends and really do some damage. But Oxford really had a good,

:50:58.:51:02.

strong rhythm, they need to get straight back into that, commit to

:51:02.:51:07.

what they were doing, what looked like a good, strong position, and

:51:07.:51:17.
:51:17.:51:30.

then, it is anyone's race. It is bad. They lined up to go and then

:51:30.:51:37.

Cambridge decided to turn around and paddle back down again. It

:51:37.:51:41.

could be that the Cambridge cox decided that the water was too

:51:41.:51:45.

bouncy, too unpleasant, and he wanted a bit more time, and he took

:51:45.:51:48.

that decision on his own, because there was no instruction coming

:51:48.:51:53.

from the umpire. Otherwise both crews would have turned at the same

:51:53.:51:56.

time. I think Cambridge made that decision to turn ahead of anybody

:51:56.:52:02.

else. That will be another four minutes, I would say, before we are

:52:02.:52:07.

ready, Cambridge going back up. And I have to say, it is not warm.

:52:07.:52:11.

There is also the concern about the tide. The tide is coming in, it is

:52:11.:52:21.
:52:21.:52:23.

beginning to slow down now. Those launches have got to be careful,

:52:23.:52:28.

they are just sitting there now. Usually they have a clear approach

:52:28.:52:33.

to the start. But now they have got those floating launches. They have

:52:33.:52:37.

got to come back through those floating launches, to get back to

:52:37.:52:41.

the point where the umpire wants to start the race, at the bottom of

:52:42.:52:50.

Chiswick Eyot. This is the finish, where they are waiting, some people

:52:50.:52:57.

may be keeping in touch with friends who are at the start. Some

:52:57.:53:02.

people have gone, it is all too much, or maybe they are looking for

:53:02.:53:10.

another bottle. But for the crews, what did you make of what Andrew

:53:10.:53:14.

Triggs-Hodge was saying, in terms of, the advantage was with Oxford,

:53:14.:53:17.

but now, Cambridge have got another chance? Yes, they have got that

:53:17.:53:22.

little bit of a corner, at the top of Chiswick Eyot, so they can take

:53:22.:53:27.

some heart from that. But on the other hand, they know that the Big

:53:27.:53:33.

bend is going to be against them, further down the course. Watching

:53:33.:53:37.

the crews, Cambridge did get into a good rhythm. They were rather

:53:37.:53:45.

ragged, the tandem that they have on that bow side, they were showing

:53:45.:53:49.

a bit of ragged blade work, but overall, they had quite a good,

:53:49.:53:53.

solid rhythm, which is what helped them to recover when Oxford had

:53:53.:54:01.

that fast start. Oxford had leapt out to about half a length from the

:54:01.:54:05.

start, but Cambridge held them, came round the first corner, and

:54:05.:54:11.

then got back into the game, all the weigh, in the head wind, which

:54:11.:54:15.

is to their advantage, because they have got a big crew, which is a

:54:15.:54:21.

very big advantage, going into a headwind. Oxford, round the outside,

:54:21.:54:25.

good steering from Zoe de Toledo, and Oxford held all the way around

:54:25.:54:29.

the corner, and they were in a good position to steam on, they were

:54:29.:54:34.

really in that winning position. As Andrew Triggs-Hodge has said, this

:54:34.:54:44.
:54:44.:54:46.

is a game-changer. I'm sure if Mike Thorp and Dave Nelson have anything

:54:46.:54:51.

to do with the words being said in the Light Blues boat, they will

:54:51.:55:01.
:55:01.:55:05.

just say, 2011. This has been their goal, and they have been focused on

:55:05.:55:15.
:55:15.:55:15.

nothing else. I think you're going to see that Oxford's fast start,

:55:15.:55:18.

from a standing start, at the beginning, will not be repeated

:55:18.:55:23.

quite so easily, because the boats are floating now. They are moving,

:55:23.:55:27.

it is a moving start, and the first stroke will not be so effective for

:55:27.:55:36.

Oxford. So, I think it will be closer at the start, but they are

:55:36.:55:44.

pretty close. But the water is bouncy, and my hunch is that the

:55:44.:55:49.

boat which Cambridge have chosen to use, this boat, I think it is quite

:55:49.:55:53.

vulnerable in difficult water. That's why Cambridge turned around,

:55:53.:56:01.

because they would prefer to have flatter water. Can you make sure

:56:01.:56:11.

you leave enough room between the blades, please, before the start?

:56:11.:56:15.

The coach, Steve Trapmore, was a winner with the Men's Eight in

:56:15.:56:25.
:56:25.:56:43.

movement on the water. Ready - Oxford, Cambridge... The crews

:56:43.:56:47.

themselves do not want to be starting at a disadvantage.

:56:47.:56:53.

your hand down when you're straight. Cambridge are happier at the moment,

:56:53.:57:03.

on the Surrey bank. So, we had a restart in 2001. I'm going to start

:57:03.:57:13.
:57:13.:57:15.

you... Easy, both crews. Easy! Go! Away we go, the Boat Race has been

:57:15.:57:21.

restarted! Once again, Oxford have already taken about a quarter of a

:57:21.:57:27.

length. They moved out very fast. They're very determined here. You

:57:27.:57:32.

have got about three-quarters of a minute until they get to this small

:57:32.:57:35.

bend in Cambridge's favour. Cambridge know that they have got

:57:35.:57:42.

to make an impression. Oxford did really well there. Their blade work

:57:42.:57:48.

is very good, they're very good in rough water, Oxford. But they now

:57:48.:57:51.

see this as a sprint, because they know that in a few minutes, they

:57:51.:57:56.

will have the advantage of this big corner in their favour. They have

:57:56.:58:01.

taken out almost half a length, and they will have the corner...

:58:01.:58:07.

there has been a big clash! And there is a broken oar. This is

:58:07.:58:16.

terrible. She is waving, Zoe de Toledo, they have lost an oar.

:58:16.:58:23.

Absolute chaos. This is a big decision. The umpire had this

:58:23.:58:28.

before in the Isis-Goldie race, and disqualified one crew. The umpire

:58:28.:58:33.

is allowing this! The umpire will have to make a decision, he must be

:58:33.:58:38.

assuming that it was Oxford's feud, and he is allowing Cambridge to win

:58:38.:58:44.

his boat race. Cambridge are going to win this Boat Race. There cannot

:58:44.:58:54.

row with only seven oars. What did you see, Wayne Pommen? What I saw

:58:54.:59:00.

was that the umpire was warning Oxford. John Garrett was warning

:59:00.:59:04.

Oxford, he did not like where they were on the river, and he is

:59:04.:59:08.

judging that that clash was Oxford's fault. He is letting

:59:08.:59:13.

Cambridge go on, he is saying, Oxford, it was your fault that this

:59:13.:59:21.

happened. Cambridge are going to win. One of the powerhouses for

:59:21.:59:28.

Oxford, Hanno Wienhausen, with no blade at the end of his oar, he is

:59:28.:59:30.

literally a passenger, going through the motions, because they

:59:31.:59:38.

need to maintain that the them. But this as a contest is now over. --

:59:38.:59:42.

that rhythm. Oxford are bravely trying to carry on, but there is

:59:42.:59:48.

nothing they can do. Cambridge will now win by probably eight or 10

:59:48.:59:54.

lengths. There is nothing they can do. And for Cambridge, they are now

:59:54.:59:59.

so far clear, they can move across from the Surrey station to the

:59:59.:00:04.

Middlesex station, to the north bank, they can take that line, and

:00:05.:00:10.

they are going to be leading past Dukes Meadow. This was where the

:00:10.:00:16.

clash happened. The umpire was warning. The blade broke and that

:00:16.:00:25.

was game over. Cambridge, the odds were against them, coming up to the

:00:25.:00:28.

point where that swimmer took over, that swimmer has had a huge effect

:00:28.:00:33.

on this race, because Oxford were moving into a leading position. But

:00:33.:00:37.

now, it is race over. Oxford bravely trying to do something, but

:00:37.:00:47.
:00:47.:00:48.

there is nothing they can do. umpire was warning Oxford. That is

:00:48.:00:53.

how the umpire will see it. This was a boat race full of incident.

:00:53.:00:56.

Oxford will be hugely disappointed that they have not been able to

:00:56.:01:01.

race to their full extent, to carry out their plan. And Cambridge,

:01:02.:01:07.

really, fortunate that all of this has happened, and they can row as

:01:07.:01:12.

they like, all the way home. They are just doing exactly what they

:01:12.:01:22.
:01:22.:01:29.

aware of what has happened. They will now know that the 158 number

:01:29.:01:33.

arete -- the 158th race is theirs for the taking. This is now an

:01:34.:01:43.

exhibition. There is nothing Oxford can do with seven blades. There was

:01:43.:01:49.

a disruption by a swimmer, and then the commission. The only thing

:01:49.:01:53.

Oxford should be, if I was in that boat, I would be staying -- saying

:01:53.:02:00.

stop rowing. There is nothing you can do. The result would be race

:02:00.:02:05.

not finished, and that would show that something had happened. Race

:02:05.:02:10.

not completed would mean there was clearly an incident. But at the

:02:10.:02:14.

moment, Oxford are trying to finish the race, and they will finish many

:02:14.:02:19.

lengths behind. So we have had an intruder disrupting the race just

:02:19.:02:23.

as it was boiling up to be one of the closest contests, certainly

:02:23.:02:29.

much more than last year's. In 2003, there was just a foot between the

:02:29.:02:34.

two crews, and that is what it may have shaped up to be. On that day,

:02:34.:02:39.

Oxford, who won, where a stone lighter than Cambridge. It was the

:02:40.:02:43.

same today. The ingredients were in place for a classic contest until

:02:43.:02:49.

the finish. Then we had the restart, then the Clash, and now the contest

:02:49.:02:54.

is academic. Nonetheless, it has been the same for both crews. They

:02:54.:02:59.

have all gone through those six months of early mornings, long

:02:59.:03:05.

hours in the gym, long hours on the water in all weather, sometimes the

:03:05.:03:10.

Mercury down as low as minus 40 not one particular weekend. Now a

:03:10.:03:15.

Cambridge are pushing on. This is very sad to see from Oxford's point

:03:15.:03:20.

of view. Sad to see them battling on with only seven men. It is very

:03:20.:03:25.

different to football. If you are down to ten men, you can still win.

:03:25.:03:30.

But here, you have no chance unless it happened within half a minute of

:03:30.:03:33.

the race and they were leading, then there might have been a chance

:03:33.:03:38.

of getting across the line. But here, no chance. The umpire will

:03:38.:03:43.

say he warned them not once, but twice. They continued to steer

:03:43.:03:48.

their course, Zoe De Toledo, and that is the price for what he made

:03:48.:03:54.

term aggressive steering, attacking Cambridge to closely, too fiercely.

:03:54.:03:57.

That is why, as Cambridge University approach the finishing

:03:57.:04:03.

line at the end of this 158th Boat Race, it is victory for Cambridge

:04:03.:04:07.

and victory for their coach in his second year in charge. Controversy

:04:07.:04:12.

will dog this raised about the intruder, about the restart, about

:04:12.:04:20.

the Commission and the broker oar. But the Cambridge, it is all about

:04:20.:04:25.

celebration. Droxford, the winners last year so decisively, -- for

:04:25.:04:30.

Oxford, it is all about what might have been. The against all the odds,

:04:30.:04:35.

Cambridge come home winners, but what incident. What an

:04:35.:04:39.

extraordinary series of events which left Oxford unable to finish

:04:39.:04:49.
:04:49.:04:50.

their race. It will be good to look back and see how that steering was

:04:50.:04:54.

and where those warnings came. It happened within half a minute of

:04:54.:05:00.

the retake. Oxford were well up and moving up to three-quarters of a

:05:00.:05:05.

length lead. Five times, the race has been held on April 7th before

:05:05.:05:11.

today, and each time Cambridge have won. This is a 6 victory for

:05:11.:05:15.

Cambridge. True, controversial circumstances, but the record books

:05:15.:05:24.

will say this has been Cambridge's day. There was so much washed that

:05:24.:05:34.
:05:34.:05:42.

I could not move as fast as I said. She said, there was no way we

:05:42.:05:48.

could have a race like this. I was steering as I saw fit. I can't hear

:05:48.:05:52.

what John Garrett is saying. were been -- we were within the

:05:52.:06:02.
:06:02.:06:21.

Garratt, the white flag. Oxford have complained, but the umpire

:06:21.:06:29.

ruled that it is a clear decision. His decision. Bury controversial,

:06:29.:06:35.

but he has given the race to Cambridge. Oxford were coming over,

:06:35.:06:42.

they were warned, and the clash resulted in their sixth man, person,

:06:42.:06:48.

breaking his blade, allowing Cambridge to take the race -- Hanno

:06:48.:06:54.

Wienhausen broke his blade. Two big moments in this race. The result

:06:54.:07:00.

stands. You have won the Boat Race. This was the first key moment, a

:07:00.:07:04.

man in the water. That's when I was almost in real danger there. Could

:07:04.:07:10.

have lost his life -- that swimmer was in real trouble. Then this was

:07:10.:07:20.
:07:20.:07:20.

the second incident. He then there was the oar of Hanno Wienhausen.

:07:20.:07:24.

The blade comes off, and that was the contest over. Zoe De Toledo,

:07:24.:07:29.

the cox, argued that she was within her rights, within the first 100

:07:29.:07:37.

metres of the start. But the umpire was having none of it. Keep going,

:07:37.:07:44.

boys. From the winners' point of view, it doesn't matter. Whatever

:07:44.:07:50.

happens, they rowed like tigers in the race. For them, whatever

:07:51.:07:56.

happened, they were worthy winners in their book. The man standing in

:07:56.:08:00.

that launch in the grey top with the white hat is the gold medallist

:08:00.:08:06.

at Sydney and now winner of his first Boat Race as chief coach of

:08:06.:08:16.
:08:16.:08:20.

Cambridge University Boat Club. Alex Woods is still collapsed in

:08:20.:08:24.

the back of the boat. They are very worried about him. They are trying

:08:24.:08:31.

to call to get the safety launched over to get him to a doctor. He

:08:31.:08:38.

needs oxygen. They are finally getting him out of the boat.

:08:38.:08:45.

was William Zeng to his rescue. They were trying to help him. But I

:08:45.:08:48.

think they're only just noticed, because he has been lying flat for

:08:48.:08:56.

quite some time. He was at the back. This was a man who was training to

:08:56.:09:02.

be a doctor as well. He is a doctor. But he has been lying collapsed in

:09:02.:09:06.

the back of the boat there for some four or five minutes since they

:09:06.:09:14.

finished the race. That is serious. They have to get oxygen to him and

:09:14.:09:20.

get him to hospital. This has been a race of such incidents. You can

:09:20.:09:24.

see the launch is churning around. Cambridge will be unaware of all of

:09:24.:09:34.

this. They are victors, and they are coming into the bank. They will

:09:34.:09:42.

get ready for the presentation. Oxford were in a position twice

:09:42.:09:48.

where those incidents happened where they were winning. They came

:09:48.:09:52.

up to the island in a position to win. They were moving away when the

:09:52.:09:55.

swimmer hit the water. The advantage was all for them. The

:09:55.:09:59.

race was stopped when it was their advantage. They went back to the

:09:59.:10:03.

start, took off and had half a length before they came together

:10:03.:10:12.

and clashed. And again, broken oars, and the race went against them.

:10:12.:10:17.

From my point of view, Oxford were the faster crew over the whole

:10:17.:10:27.
:10:27.:10:27.

course. But we shall never know. There start was not good enough,

:10:27.:10:37.
:10:37.:10:38.

but they had the power. By the time they crossed the line, we had seen

:10:38.:10:41.

the end of but Oxford challenge because of that broken blade. The

:10:41.:10:48.

first man across the line, Dave Nelson, stroke in 2011, bow in 2012

:10:48.:10:57.

and President as well. And the president at the University. Moritz

:10:57.:11:02.

Schramm, back in the boat, having been 2010 winner. He took a year

:11:02.:11:12.
:11:12.:11:12.

out last year to concentrate on his studies. Jack Lindeman, Alex Ross.

:11:12.:11:19.

Kiwi, as he is known. And here is the man at the centre of the storm.

:11:19.:11:26.

John Garrett. Umpire, a former Cambridge University Boat Club

:11:26.:11:33.

president, losing oarsmen from 1983, 1984 and 1985. Went on to represent

:11:33.:11:36.

Britain in the Commonwealth Games, Olympics and the world

:11:36.:11:46.
:11:46.:11:49.

championships. What an extraordinary day. Goldie were

:11:49.:11:52.

beaten by Isis in the reserve crew half an hour earlier. Their race

:11:52.:11:59.

went by without incident, we understand. Cambridge are about to

:11:59.:12:08.

take their boat out of the water. Well, not too many visible signs of

:12:08.:12:12.

celebration from Cambridge, because they are shocked at what happened

:12:12.:12:17.

in that race. This is Dave Nelson, the Cambridge president.

:12:17.:12:24.

Congratulations. You have won. Thanks. It is a huge relief. But it

:12:24.:12:31.

is shocking to see Alex Woods in such a state. He is getting

:12:31.:12:37.

treatment as wispy. What an extraordinary race, with the man in

:12:38.:12:41.

the water and the broken blade for Oxford.

:12:41.:12:49.

Yeah. There was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing up until the island. And

:12:49.:12:53.

then suddenly, there was this yelling about an obstruction going

:12:53.:12:59.

on. Next thing you know, I see a guy's head in the middle of the two

:12:59.:13:05.

boats. And there must be 10 or 20 boats following us. So that guy was

:13:05.:13:14.

in serious strife. And then with all the hoo-ha around the restart

:13:14.:13:21.

and then the clash, pretty dramatic race. At what point, if at all,

:13:21.:13:29.

could you start to enjoy it and celebrate? By the Barnes Bridge,

:13:29.:13:37.

the gap was pretty clear. So it suddenly felt like we could relax

:13:37.:13:41.

into are with them a touch. But we are so exhausted. We were just

:13:41.:13:46.

trying to hang on. We will keep you updated on Alex and the rest of the

:13:46.:13:52.

Oxford crew. The Oxford president, Karl Hudspith, is virtually

:13:52.:13:57.

speechless, but congratulating Dave Nelson. John Garratt, the umpire,

:13:57.:14:02.

can I have a word? What on earth was going on out there? Totally

:14:02.:14:08.

unexpected. I am grateful to Matthew for having spotted the swim

:14:08.:14:13.

there. He said, there is something in the water. We thought it was

:14:13.:14:17.

some debris, and then we realised it was a swim there. We were not

:14:17.:14:21.

sure what would happen, whether he would get out of the way in time.

:14:21.:14:24.

Then it was clear that he was waiting for the post to come across

:14:24.:14:30.

him, so I had to stop the race and we start. In terms of the restart

:14:30.:14:34.

and the clash of oars and the damage to the Oxford blade, which

:14:34.:14:38.

was completely snapped off, how clear were you that the race would

:14:38.:14:43.

continue and that you would not call it void altogether? The rules

:14:43.:14:49.

state clearly that crews have to abide by their accidents. If

:14:49.:14:54.

something happens in the latter stages of the race and there is a

:14:54.:14:59.

breakage, they have to abide by their accident unless one of the

:14:59.:15:05.

crew's is of station and has caused that accident. In my judgment,

:15:05.:15:07.

Cambridge were not of their station. In the immediate run-up to the

:15:07.:15:13.

Clash, I was warning Oxford. In my view, Oxford were off their station.

:15:13.:15:18.

The collision took place and Oxford came off worse. But Cambridge were

:15:18.:15:24.

in the white position. So I allowed the race to continue. Zoe De Toledo

:15:24.:15:29.

has just walked past, inconsolable. A desperate moment for her, because

:15:29.:15:34.

there was nothing she could do. But she had to abide by your ruling,

:15:34.:15:38.

which is that the result will stand and Cambridge have won. I suspect

:15:38.:15:43.

that was not what you anticipated. You have played a major part.

:15:43.:15:46.

will be the suffragettes all over again. The rowers will now make

:15:46.:15:56.
:15:56.:15:58.

You have not cut your hair since this day last year, when you lost

:15:58.:16:04.

the Boat Race. Yes, pretty happy right now. Extraordinary race,

:16:04.:16:10.

great result for you. Yes, we have been going through it all week,

:16:10.:16:18.

saying what we would do in various situations, but I am still not sure

:16:18.:16:23.

exactly what happened. We really fired ourselves up to go again

:16:23.:16:29.

after the restart. And then something else happened, I still do

:16:29.:16:34.

not know what happened, we will have to see the replay. All we

:16:34.:16:38.

could do in that situation was to do what we have been trying to do,

:16:38.:16:43.

which was not to look around, and just keep going. I'm proud of the

:16:43.:16:49.

guys, that we did that. With us now, the youngest person on either crew,

:16:49.:16:54.

Ed Bosson, who kept his cool in incredibly difficult circumstances.

:16:54.:16:59.

I will let you guys make your way up to the presentation podium.

:16:59.:17:04.

Enjoy it. Oxford will have to go through the presentation as well.

:17:04.:17:11.

But what a race, Jonathan! Just a bit. A very muted atmosphere,

:17:11.:17:16.

understandably, I am sure there would have been celebration from

:17:16.:17:25.

Dave Nelson, but having seen the condition of Alexander Woods, and

:17:25.:17:33.

also how upset the rest of that crew is, understandably, because

:17:33.:17:37.

there is such a sense of trust, such a sense of togetherness, built

:17:37.:17:45.

up among the crew, you cannot avoid exactly why you're year, and to see

:17:45.:17:48.

one of your team players being taken away in such a state, it is

:17:48.:17:58.

deeply distressing. Yes, we have not had an update yet on the

:17:58.:18:06.

condition of Alexander Woods, the bow man from Oxford, who was

:18:06.:18:13.

carried out of the boat. For those watching on the world feet, thank

:18:13.:18:22.

you very much for watching. We are waiting now the presentation to the

:18:22.:18:26.

winning crew, and also to the winning crew, and also to the

:18:26.:18:28.

losing crew. You will understand that there will be some delay

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because, ideally, we would like to see all crew members there, but at

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the moment, that may not be possible, with Alexander Woods

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being attended to by medical staff. We wait to hear exactly how or he

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is. He is training to be a surgeon, he has been at Oxford for 10 years,

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thoroughly enjoying himself. He started rowing at Oxford, did he

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not? Yes, he started rowing at Oxford. He learned at his college,

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and then he graduated to the lightweight squad. He was one of

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the three lightweights in the Oxford boat. When you're a light

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weight, you have got to be so efficient and effective, you're

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working on the absolute edge of your possibility. So, he worked

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himself out, hopefully it is nothing more serious than

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exhaustion. He is 12 stone, the lightest man in the race, and you

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can contrast that with the 17 stone of someone like Steve Dudek. It is

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a huge difference. Absolutely. Alexander Woods has proved himself,

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he beat bigger people in the Oxford squad to win that place in the boat,

:19:46.:19:56.
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and that was his dream. I am praying that he is recovering.

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presentation delayed at the moment, but Clare Balding is in place at

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Mortlake. She is with someone who has been right at the heart of the

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action. Over to you. Yes, the news is that there will be no

:20:12.:20:15.

presentation, because of Alexander Woods being treated by the medical

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team. You have been to see him, Matthew. As close as I could get,

:20:20.:20:29.

he was at least sitting upright, he is having medical attention. What

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more can I say? I did not want to interrupt anything, he is receiving

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medical attention. But he is conscious and sitting up, and it

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has been decided that in those circumstances, we should not have a

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big celebration of Cambridge's win, while Alexander Woods is still

:20:49.:20:55.

being treated. Oxford are obviously very concerned. Extraordinary, I

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cannot think of enough adjectives to cover what happened out there.

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Busy. It is hard to imagine a Boat Race could contain so much to talk

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about. We had an accident, we had a broken blade, we had everything.

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Cambridge are over here, just trying to assimilate what actually

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happened in that race, and in some way, enjoy this celebration,

:21:25.:21:28.

without going over the top. I don't think we're going to get the cox

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being thrown in the river, any of the usual stuff, because it has

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been so difficult. It has been really so strange. When they have

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finished talking to each other, we will try to get a few more words

:21:41.:21:46.

from them. But Matthew, in terms of the difficulties out there for the

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rowers, we had the there's a in the river, then we had the clash of

:21:50.:22:00.
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oars. -- the swimmer. Really difficult to be stopped, and then

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having the restart. They had to try to get back into position. Then you

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had all the Wash, it was quite a cold day, lots of people getting

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cold. Then there was the confusion about when it was going to restart.

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How quickly the tide has come in, I am worried about your shoes. Here

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with me now, the biggest man of either crew, Steve Dudek.

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Congratulations - what have you said to each other? Just have a

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little bit of class, the best goes out to Alex, we hope he is or right.

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We have basically just established that it is a little bit more low-

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key, our thoughts are with him. are hearing much better things

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about him now. Steve Trapmore, you have won the race, your second year

:22:57.:23:01.

of coaching the team, but it is a bit flat. Yes, I guess it is not

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the ideal way that anybody wants to win. We are more worried about the

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state of Alexander Woods at the moment. We will reflect more on the

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race later on. How proud were you of your guys, and your young cox,

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Ed Bosson, for keeping their heads? Very, actually. We have been doing

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a lot of preparation for this race, looking through past races where

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there have been restarts and stuff. So we were totally prepared. The

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guys did themselves proud today. Well done. A very, very strange

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atmosphere. As Steve Dudek was saying, none of the Cambridge crew

:23:47.:23:51.

are wanting to jump up and down, because Alexander Woods is still

:23:51.:23:55.

being treated, and because it was such an extraordinary race. They

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had to restart, and then they had to go through the second half of

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the race, during which there was a clash of blades are, and Hanno

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Wienhausen's blade snapped off completely, after which Cambridge

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went on to win convincingly. And after the finish, Oxford's

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Alexander Woods collapsed. However he is now sitting up, and he is

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Clare Balding presents live coverage of the annual rowing battle along London's River Thames between the competing eights of Oxford and Cambridge universities. The first race took place in 1829, and has been held every year since 1856. Oxford took last year's honours and boast a superior recent record, winning eight races to Cambridge's four since the millennium. With commentary from Jonathan Legard, Dan Topolski and Wayne Pommen; and reporting from Sonali Shah and British Olympic legend Matthew Pinsent.


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