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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 March, 2005, 15:19 GMT
Oxford unveil record crew weight
The 2004 University Boat Race
The light blues of Cambridge pull away from Oxford to win in 2004
Oxford will unleash the heaviest crew in Boat Race history when the 151st race with Cambridge takes place on the River Thames on Sunday afternoon.

The Dark Blues will have an advantage of over a stone and a half per man with their average oarsman at 15st 6.5lbs.

The heaviest will be Oxford's 6ft 7in American Jason Flickinger at 16st 7.9, who won a coxed fours World gold.

Cambridge conceded almost a stone a man two years ago but lost by only a foot in the closest recorded finish.

"There is going to be a pretty big difference," Cambridge coach Robin Williams admitted.

"It will be significant but that great race of two years ago showed that the advantages can be cancelled out and we will have to find our ways of making up for that difference.

"We are in pretty good shape, the boat is moving really well."

Oxford counterpart Sean Bowden said: "We have a big, strong, tall crew and that is clearly an asset to us, we still have to work really hard but we have made a lot of progress."


Boat Race crews:

Cambridge:
Henry Adams (St Edmund's College) 6ft 5ins, 14st 1.3lbs
Steffen Buschbacher (St Catharine's) 6ft 5ins, 15st 8.7lbs
Tom Edwards (Gonville and Caius) 6ft 3ins, 13st 8.5lbs
Bernd Heidicker (Hughes Hall) 6ft 6ins, 13st 2.3lbs
Tom James (Trinity Hall) 6ft 3ins, 13st 10.2lbs
Matthias Kleinz (Gonville and Caius) 6ft 2ins, 13st 7.2lbs
Sebastian Schulte (Gonville and Caius) 6ft 5ins, 15st 0.3lbs
Luke Walton (St Edmunds) 6ft 5ins, 12st 10.4lbs
Peter Rudge (cox, Hughes Hall) 5ft 9ins, 8st 8.8lbs

Oxford:
Mike Blomquist (St Peter's) 6ft 5ins, 15st 2.1lbs
Robin Bourne-Taylor (Christ Church) 6ft 3ins, 14st 1.5lbs
Jason Flickinger (Keble) 6ft 7ins, 16st 7.9lbs
Chris Liwski (St Catherine's) 6ft 7ins, 15st 10.7lbs
Peter Reed (Oriel) 6ft 6ins, 15st 7.6lbs
Andy Triggs Hodge (St Catherine's) 6ft 3ins, 16st
Joseph Von Maltzahn (Kellogg) 6ft 4ins, 15st 4.7lbs
Barney Williams (Jesus) 6ft 4ins, 15st 6.1lbs
Acer Nethercott (cox, University) 5ft 8.5ins, 8st 7.7lbs





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