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3 things to watch out for in the Boat Race

Can Oxford make it five wins out of six?

Cambridge and Oxford may be two of the best universities in the world, but there can only be one winner in this Saturday’s Boat Race.

The men’s Boat Race was held for the first time in 1829 and it’s still a big draw almost 200 years later.

Over 250,00 people are expected to crowd the banks of the River Thames to watch the race unfold on Saturday.

Cambridge are 1/3 favourites to get only their second win since 2013. Cambridge are 7/4 to continue their recent dominance.

It’s set to be a grand showdown. And the Coral News Team are here with three things to keep an eye on…

Get a glimpse of the future

The course is 4.2 miles long. It takes incredible athleticism to row that distance at speed when it’s blisteringly cold on the water. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that some competitors have gone on to become Olympians.

Sir Matthew Pinsent, Ed Coode, Jake Wetzel, Malcolm Howard and more all went on to represent their countries at the Olympics. Will any of this year’s performers go on to reach those heights? We’ll have to wait and see.

Height advantage

Cambridge will hope that size does matter in this year’s event. James Letten is the tallest man to ever take part in the race at 6ft 10in.

He’s at least four inches taller than everyone else competing this year. The American sits in Cambridge’s number four seat, having been in number three last year.

Will the women’s race see another new record?

Cambridge surged ahead in last year’s women’s race when Oxford caught a crab at the start. Despite pulling away, they didn’t let up and went on to set a new record time of 18 minutes and 33 seconds. It was a minute faster than the previous record.

The stunning time marked Cambridge’s first win since 2012. The winning margin was close to 11 lengths, but they should be pushed much harder this time. Could we see another new record if the weather holds up?

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