The victorious women's crew hold up the trophy
The victorious women's crew hold up the trophy

The BNY Mellon Boat Race

Oxford crews triumph on historic Boat Race weekend

Oxford University rowers won all four races against Cambridge in an historic Boat Race weekend.

The women's first crew finished 19 seconds ahead of Cambridge on the first ever women's Boat Race to be held on the Tideway.

'It's a really special moment, something I've been working towards for three years,' Oxford University Women's Boat Club President Anastasia Chitty told BBC Sport.

'It's even more special because so many women [have] not had this opportunity so it's really humbling.'

The men's crew also continued their good form of recent years to beat their ancient rivals by six lengths.

It was the fourth win in five years for Constantine Louloudis, who missed the 2012 race to focus on winning Olympic bronze in Great Britain’s men’s eight.

'Going in the fourth time having not lost, I felt much more pressure especially as I was leading the guys,' said Louloudis.

'There were some pretty dark moments coming in but we dealt with it really well on the day. We stuck to our plan and executed a really good race.'