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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Cambridge heavier in Boat Race weigh-in

6th March 2012

Excitement is already building ahead of this year's Boat Race following the results of the pre-race weigh-in this week.

Cambridge, who are out for revenge after being beaten by Oxford in last year's race, will be optimistic after weighing in at a considerable 62.8kg heavier than their rivals.

It means Oxford will concede an average of 7.9kg per oarsman when the two teams take to the River Thames on April 7th for the 158th edition of the historic race.

And Cambridge also have the heavier cox, with Ed Bosson weighing 6kg more than Oxford's Zoe de Toledo.

It is generally thought to be an important advantage to be the heavier team going into the race, but Oxford will take heart from the fact that they emerged victorious last year, despite also being the lighter team on that occasion.

Cambridge are still the most successful team in the 183-year-old event, with 80 victories to Oxford's 76, but have been defeated in seven of the previous ten races.

But David Nelson, who is one of two rowers for Cambridge who are returning after taking part in last year's race, is confident his team will be ready to reverse the trend this time around.

"I think the campaign is going pretty well," he told cmabridge-news.co.uk. "We have had a few disruptions at times, the Cam was pretty frozen for a while there so there was no rowing for a bit.

"Injuries and illness is part and parcel of a typical campaign but as a group, we’ve dealt with that pretty well. The sun is out and everything is coming pretty well and I feel like we’ve got some good momentum going into these last five weeks."

Held between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge in the west of the capital, there are plenty of places for spectators along the route within easy reach of those staying in central London hotels.


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