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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 March, 2005, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
The Boat Race as it happened
All the action from Oxford's victory over Cambridge on the River Thames in the 151st Boat Race (all times BST).

Oxford celebrate while Cambridge slump in the despair of defeat

1527: Both boats maintain a rate of 37 coming up to Chiswick Bridge but Oxford are two lengths ahead as they cross the line in 16 mins 41 secs for their third win in four years and 72nd overall.

1525: Cambridge are five seconds behind as the boats clear Barnes Bridge and losing touch with their rivals.

1523: With Barnes Bridge coming up, Oxford's lead is beginning to look unassailable, with Cambridge now trailing in their wake.

1521: Oxford increase their rate and pull ahead to take clear water and cut in front of the light blues.

1519: Oxford maintain their advantage with Cambridge looking the more laboured of the two crews as rain begins to fall.

1516: Oxford lead by half a length approaching Hammersmith Bridge. Oxford's stroke rate is 38, with Cambridge down at 35.

1515: The boats close right up, and umpire Rankov is kept busy telling the crews to keep their distance. Oxford's power edges them ahead as the course begins to favour them.

1514: Cambridge get in to their rhythm and reel in Oxford's advantage and edge ahead. Both boats have a stroke rate of 36.

1512: Oxford are warned by umpire Boris Rankov as they approach Cambridge's water coming up to the Fulham bend.

1509: The race finally gets under way, with Cambridge making a poor start, giving Oxford an early lead.

1505: A piece of driftwood in the water ahead of the Oxford boat delays the start of the race, then the Cambridge boat drifts out of alignment.


Build-up: Cambridge's Goldie beats Oxford's Isis to win the reserve race just ahead of the main event.

Cambridge won the toss and chose the Middlesex station for Sunday's 151st Boat Race against Oxford.

Oxford tipped the scales at the Boat Race weigh-in earlier this week as the heaviest-ever crew in the annual event.

Sunday's weather forecast for west London is cloudy and cool, with a maximum temperature of 13C degrees and a light north-easterly wind.



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