Louloudis strokes Oxford to dominant Boat Race victory

Olympic bronze medallist Constantine Louloudis stroked Oxford University to a commanding victory over arch-rivals Cambridge at The Boat Race on the River Thames.

The Dark Blues dominated the race to win by 11 lengths, the biggest winning margin since 1973, but the win was not without controversy.

The oar of Cambridge's Luke Juckett clashed with Oxford rival Sam O'Connor just five minutes into the race, prompting a desperate protest from the Light Blues cox Ian Middleton when they crossed the finish line at Mortlake.

But umpire Richard Phelps ruled Oxford, who were ahead at the time, had the racing line.

The victory was Oxford's seventh in ten years, trimming Cambridge's advantage in the all-time head-to-head to three, 81 to 78, with one dead heat in the 160 races held since 1829.

"We were obviously aware of the clash and it went our way but we had a race plan and we showed, with the distance that we put into them, that we were in control of the race," said Louloudis, a member of the Team GB bronze medal winning eight at the London 2012 Olympics and a former world under-23 pairs champion.

"It's a fantastic feeling, I've been in three Boat Races now and won them all and that's a very, very special thing to me."

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