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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Boat Race weigh-in held ahead of this month's race

6th March 2013

Men and women from the universities of Cambridge and Oxford weighed in at the same event for the first time in the event's history earlier this week.

The Boat Race is embracing sexual equality and it reached a landmark on Monday when the male and female crews had their weigh-ins at the same event and the women's individual weights were made public for the first time.

The women's race is set to given equal billing to the men and from 2015 it will take place on the same Tideway course and this is another step towards that.

The weigh-in for the men's Boat Race - taking place on March 31st - saw Oxford tip the scales at six pounds a man heavier and half an inch taller than their Cambridge counterparts.

Oxford's returning Blue Constantine Louloudis was the only one absent from either team as he was translating Latin in his second-year classics exams.

The bow-man of the 2012 Oxford crew Alex Woods has not made the cut this year, while three of the Cambridge men's Blues have not made the top boat and will instead row in the reserves.

Cambridge coach Steve Trapmore said it is the best squad that he has had to choose from in the last three years.

Every year the race brings thousands of people to the city to see the spectacle as it is one of the best free sporting events that people can enjoy anywhere in the country.

Places to stand along the river are likely to be at a premium so those that book stays in luxury suites in London for the race will want to head to the water as early as possible on the day.

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