Oxford win the 163rd varsity boat race

The annual Oxford Cambridge boat race will proceed as planned Sunday after police removed an unexploded World War II-era bomb found near the star

The annual Oxford Cambridge boat race will proceed as planned Sunday after police removed an unexploded World War II-era bomb found near the star

Thousands of people lined the banks of the four mile, 374-yard championship course between Putney and Mortlake for the Cancer Research UK Boat Race.

Oxford head coach Sean Bowden has revealed their victory over Cambridge in the 163rd edition of the Boat Race came after they encountered significant difficulties during their preparations.

So the Dark Blues crossed the finish line in 16.59, for a winning margin of one-and-a-quarter lengths.

A spokeswoman for the event said the race was only ever called off during the First World War and Second World War. "We were better on the day and we wanted it", Disanto told BBC Sport after the race. The marine policing unit removed it.

Disappointed Cambridge captain Lance Tredell delivered a defiant message ahead of next year's race: "Bitterly disappointed not to get the result today". Despite his antics this sporting spectacle retains a curious appeal among millions with no particular interest in rowing or either university involved.

The shell was found near Putney Bridge but was submerged so investigation of the device had to wait until after 1am on morning of the race when the tide was low enough to view it.

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The latest victory was the 12th Bowden has overseen in 14 years, but was only secured after his crew had struggled to gel throughout the race's build-up. The celebrations were muted at the finish line due to the enormous effort put in by both shades of blue.

Speaking after the race, she said: "I'm just so proud of my squad, so proud of the team this year".

"It was only after two or three minutes that we realised they were quite far back", said Goudet, "but we just had to carry on, that's all". It was a great victory and a great race.

Around the vast Surrey Bend, of which Oxford had the inside line for, the latter continued to hold off repeated Cambridge pushes to maintain a small margin of clear water.

"I was focused on making sure my crew didn't get too excited", said Holland, shortly before suffering the traditional cox's baptism in the Thames.

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