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Saturday, 30 March, 2002, 13:35 GMT
Strokewatch: The Boat Race

BBC Sport Online brings your all the action from the 148th University Boat Race on the River Thames.

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1255 GMT: Cambridge win the toss and President Tom Stallard elects to start on the Middlesex station.

1340: The crews take to the water to warm up ahead of the race.

1405: The two crews come up to the stake boats at the starting line in the shadow of Putney Bridge.

1409: Umpire Simon Harris is ready to start the race but both coxes have their arms raised to signal that they and their crews are not yet ready.

1410: There is a slight delay to the scheduled start as the umpire calls for the boats to straighten up.

1412: The boats are finally level and they are off.

1 min: Oxford set the early pace at a rate of 51 and open up a lead after a clean start.

3 mins: Cambridge up their rate of 45 and put in a fast spurt to draw level and pull ahead as the crews pass Fulham Football ground.
Umpire Harris bellows instructions as the crews come closer together in the faster flowing central line of the river.

6 mins: The Light Blues hold their slight lead as they pass the Harrods Depositry with Oxford hanging on before hoping to take advantage of the Surrey bend after Hammersmith Bridge.

8 mins: Oxford are unable to take advantage of the Surrey bend and still trail Cambridge.

10 mins: Cambridge have held their lead through the long Surrey bend and are holding Oxford's challenge at bay.

12 mins: The river begins to bend to Cambridge's advantage and if they maintain their rhythm they should cement victory and open up a bigger lead.

13 mins: Oxford are hanging in and have upped their tempo to stay level with Cambridge as they pass under Barnes Bridge with less than a second between them.

14 mins: The crews are locked in a straight sprint for the line.

15 mins: Oxford inch in front around the outside of the Surrey bend as Cambridge begin to struggle.

16 mins: Oxford cross the line in a time of 16.54 to take a memorable win - two seconds ahead of Cambridge.


Crews:

Oxford: Andrew Dunn, Bas Dixon, Gerritjan Eggenkamp, Dan Perkins, Luke McGee, Ben Burch (President), Robin Bourne-Taylor, Matt Smith, Pete Hackworth.

  • Click here for the Oxford crew details

    Cambridge: Tom Stallard (President), Sam Brooks, James Livingston, Sebastien Mayer, Josh West, Lukas Hirst, Stu Welch, Rick Dunn, Eleanor Griggs.

  • Click here for the Cambridge crew details

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