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Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Ratings high for Boat Race
Cambridge beat Oxford by six lengths
BBC Television's coverage of the 2004 Boat Race achieved a peak audience of 8.9m - the highest for 10 years.

The corporation announced last month that it would no longer televise the event, ending a 66-year association.

"We're delighted with these excellent viewing figures," said the BBC's director of sport, Peter Salmon.

"We've left a very strong legacy and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the BBC coverage over the years."

Cambridge stopped Oxford from winning a third successive title with a comfortable six-length victory at the end of a controversial race.

Umpire James Behrens turned down an appeal from Oxford cox Acer Nethercott.

The Dark Blues claimed Cambridge were to blame for a clash of oars early in the 4 mile course that caused bowman Chris Kennelly to come off his seat.



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