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Boat Race 2024: Cambridge comfortably beat Oxford in both men's and women's races

Cambridge men winning the Boat Race
Cambridge have completed the men's and women's Boat Race double for the second year running [PA Media]

Cambridge won the men's Boat Race to complete the double over university rivals Oxford following victory in the women's race.

Cambridge were more than 10 seconds ahead but slowed towards the conclusion with Matt Edge on the verge of collapse.

But Edge and his team held on for a comfortable victory.

It continues Cambridge's dominance in the annual event, winning five of the past six men's races.

There were some early warnings for oar clashes, but after about five minutes Cambridge had pulled more than a length ahead.

Oxford slipped further behind but had a glimmer of hope on the final straight when Edge started to struggle, his oar barely scraping the water.

But their slower start cost them as Cambridge had opened up enough of a distance to hang on.

"That was my last race with this club and I knew it was going to be a challenging one," said Cambridge president Sebastian Benzecry.

"We put a lot into it, pushed ourselves into a place that we rarely go, but it is an unbelievable feeling. They never gave up and I am so proud of all the guys."

Edge had to be carried from the boat at the conclusion.

The men's head-to-head stands at 87-81 in Cambridge's favour and they also lead 48-30 in the women's race.

Cambridge continue women's dominance

Cambridge women earlier won the women's race for the seventh successive year in another clear-cut victory.

Oxford were warned after almost colliding with their opponents. They had made a flying start but were overtaken after around 10 minutes and could not recover.

"We still believed the whole way through, even after their start," said Cambridge bow Gemma King.

"We know our pace is our strength and that we could catch up."

Oxford cox Joe Gellett raised an appeal at the conclusion of the race as he believed the Cambridge boat had crossed their path, but after a debate with umpire Richard Phelps the appeal was dismissed.

Phelps said Oxford had in fact moved into Cambridge's station and bumped their boat.

The winning teams did not enter the water at the end of the race and they were also told to avoid swallowing any water because of high levels of E. coli in the Thames.