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Last Updated:  Sunday, 6 April, 2003, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
The Boat Race: as it happened

18 mins: Oxford cling on for an incredible win after a thrilling finish. Cambridge produce a remarkable spurt at the death and lose out by the narrowest of margins. The result is in doubt before Oxford are confirmed as winners by one foot.

17 mins: Cambridge cox James Omartian exhorts his crew to make one last effort and they reduce the deficit to a third of a length.

16 mins: Oxford, with the wind behind them, lead by three quarters of a length under Barnes Bridge. Cambridge need a marathon effort to recover.

15 mins: Oxford retake the lead, but Cambridge are fighting hard to stay in touch as they approach Barnes Bridge.

14 mins: As the advantage swings back to Middlesex Station, Oxford go on the attack.

11 mins: Oxford are doing well to hang on and Cambridge fail to give themselves clear water round the bend as the pair reach Chiswick Steps.

9 mins: The boats overlap once again as Oxford attempt to eliminate their disadvantage on the bend.

7 mins: Cambridge take the lead for the first time as the boats approach Hammersmith Bridge.

5 mins: The umpire is called into action again with the boats coming close to a clash. Oxford are forced to steer away, losing them valuable time.

4 mins: The boats separate with Oxford extending their lead to a third of a length at the Fulham bend.

2 mins: Oxford are still rowing at a slightly higher rate as the umpire works hard to avoid a clash between the two boats.

1630 BST: The race gets underway and Oxford make the better start.

1628 BST: The two crews are at the stake boats awaiting the start of the 149th University Boat Race. Conditions are overcast and breezy.

Cambridge win the toss and President Tim Wooge elects to start on the Surrey station.

Cambridge reserve boat Goldie wins the second eights' race, taking the lead from Isis at the Fulham bend before pulling away for a comfortable three and a half length victory.

Cambridge were forced to make a late change on Saturday after bowman Wayne Pommen broke his wrist in a training incident. Pommen is replaced by 19-year-old Ben Smith.

The inclusion of Smith, brother of Oxford President Matt Smith, means there will be two sets of siblings in the race for the first time since it began in 1829.


Oxford: J Adams, B Dixon, S McLennan, D Livingston, R Bourne-Taylor, S Frandsen, H Morris, M Smith, (president), A Nethercott (cox)

Cambridge: B Smith, K Coventry, H Mallinson, M Kleinz, A McGarel-Groves, T James, J Livingston, T Wooge (president), J Omartian (cox)

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