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Rowing: Oxford man wins; Cambridge women set time record

LONDON –

Oxford ended Cambridge’s recent supremacy in the Men’s Boat Race between two of Britain’s top universities and one of the country’s oldest sporting events returning to the Thames on Sunday.

Oxford halted his opponent’s three-match winning streak in the men’s race to give longtime head coach Sean Bowden his 13th success in his 25th year in the role.

The English-Canadian parish of Ollie, whose mother Zoe was originally from Toronto, was on the Cambridge boat.

It is the first Boat Race to be held on the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of the Thames in south-west London since 2019 because of the pandemic. The 2020 race has been canceled and the 2021 edition event took place on the Great Ouse in Ely, without fans, because of coronavirus restrictions.

Cambridge leads the competition 85-81.

In the women’s race, held on the same court, Cambridge won for the fifth time in a row with a record time of 18 minutes 22.9 seconds.

Jasper Parish, Ollie’s brother, was acquainted with the Cambridge women. The Oxford crew includes Julia Lindsay of North Vancouver and Gabrielle Smith of Unionville, Ont.

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