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Last Updated: Monday, 21 March, 2005, 11:45 GMT
Meet the Cambridge University crew

Henry Adams

Henry Adams, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: British
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 5in
Weight: 92.5kg
Previous appearances: -

Adams joins the Cambridge crew, having been helped through a career-threatening back injury by Olympic gold medallist Tim Foster.

A promising junior and senior world medallist, he won world U23 silver (four, 2001) and world senior bronze (coxed four, 2001) before suffering a prolapsed disc which required surgery.

But the Oxford-born oarsman has since returned to action, claiming world student bronze in 2004.

Steffen Buschbacher

Steffan Buschbacher, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: German
Age: 27
Height: 6ft 5in
Weight: 98kg
Previous appearances: 2004

Buschbacher is one of three Light Blues returning for the 2005 Boat Race, having helped Cambridge clinch last year's race.

He also won with the Goldie team in 2003 and three years earlier helped Harvard beat Yale in the American equivalent of the Boat Race.

The Berlin-born rower is currently vice-president of Cambridge.

Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: Australian
Age: 27
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 89kg
Previous appearances: -

Genetics expert Edwards has represented Australia at world junior and U23 level.

The Tasmanian-born oarsman comes from a rowing family with a brother and sister who have both competed for Australia.

Bernd Heidicker

Bernd Heidicker, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: German
Age: 26
Height: 6ft 5in
Weight: 86kg
Previous appearances: -

Heidicker has already earned a reputation as a top international rower, having claimed the 2002 world title in the four.

He was part of the injury-hit German four at the Olympics in Athens and also rowed at Sydney four years before.

The Boat Race could be the Berlin-born athlete's last time in the limelight as he remains unsure whether he will return to international rowing afterwards.

Tom James

Tom James, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: British
Age: 21
Height: 6ft 5in
Weight: 87kg
Previous appearances: 2003

James was just 19-year-old freshman when he made his debut at the 2003 Boat Race and, two years later, is still the youngest oarsman in the Cambridge boat.

The Cardiff-born engineering student is a former national champion in the coxless fours, and also has a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in the same event.

In 2003, he stroked the GB eight to a World Championships bronze medal and was selected for last year's Olympics in Athens.

Matthias Kleinz

Matthias Kleinz, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: German
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 83kg
Previous appearances: 2003

Kleinz is one of the Light Blue returnees, having competed in the closest Boat Race of all time when Cambridge were dramatically missed out on victory in 2003.

The clinically-qualified vet is a former junior world champion in the coxless four and has represented Germany seven times at the world championships.

His sister is a double world champion in the women's lightweight quad scull, while his girlfriend was a silver medallist at the Sydney Olympics in the women's lightweight double scull.

Peter Rudge

Peter Rudge, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: British
Age: 23
Height: 5ft 9in
Weight: 55kg
Previous appearances: -

Rudge has been a successful cox at junior and senior level.

He coxed the British four to World Championships bronze in 2001 and silver in 2003.

The London-born athlete moved into the eight three years ago and coxed the crew to the World Championships final in 2002.

Sebastian Schulte

Sebastian Schulte, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: German
Age: 26
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 92kg
Previous appearances: -

One of four Germans in the Cambridge boat, Schulte has represented his country at junior and senior level.

He was part of the eight who won world bronze in 2001 and world silver in 2002.

He went on to compete at the Olympics in Athens last year, coming fourth in the eight.

Luke Walton

Luke Walton, courtesy of The Boat Race website
Nationality: American
Age: 25
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 85kg
Previous appearances: -

Since taking up rowing at 16, Walton has gone on to compete at international junior, senior and Olympic level.

He was undefeated for four successive years in the American Collegiate Championships and claimed bronze at the World U23 Championships in 2000.

The American took part in the World Championships in 2002 and 2003, and finished 11th in the mens pair at the Olympics in Athens.

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