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Women power to Boat Race victory in tough conditions

Oxford University won the Women's Boat Race by 24 lengths in wet conditions on Sunday 27 March.

The Dark Blue women won the toss and chose the Surrey station, and steered through choppy waters to win their fourth boat race in a row by more than 71 seconds after the conditions saw the Cambridge boat nearly sink in the latter stages of the race.

Women's Boat Club President Maddy Badcott praised cox Morgan Baynham-Williams steering, which helped give them victory.

'We are so lucky to have Morgan, she smashed it today,' Badcott told BBC Sport. 'Those conditions are probably the worst I have experienced on the Tideway and I'm so glad it has worked out for us and our training paid off.

'This is probably the best team I have ever been part of and that spirit got us through the race.'

Oxford's rowers split the difference with Cambridge in the 2016 Boat Races, winning the women's first and men's reserves boats on an historic day which saw the men's, women's and both reserves' races on the Tideway on the same day.

The men's reserve boat Isis beat Cambridge's reserve boat Goldie, while Cambridge's Light Blue boat claimed their first Boat Race win since 2012, winning by around six lengths.