Boat Race 2015: Oxford vs. Cambridge Result and Reaction

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 11, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Oxford Men and Women's teams pose after winning the BNY Mellon Oxford v Cambridge University Boat Race 2015 on April 11, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Oxford battled against the tide to emerge victorious in the 2015 Boat Race on Saturday, beating Cambridge to win their third title in succession.

The university's official Twitter account confirmed their men's team's triumph, pulling Oxford to within two races of their close rivals in the race's all-time standings (Cambridge 81, Oxford 79):

Oxford University @UniofOxford

Congratulations Oxford on a stunning #boatrace2015 victory! RT if you're proud to support the Dark Blues today! http://t.co/hydj9iZR9E

There was twice the reason for the Dark Blues to celebrate, too, after the women's team led Saturday's parade with a victory over their Cambridge counterparts earlier in the schedule.

Oxford's female representatives were understandably elated in the wake of their win, also claiming a third back-to-back triumph and another year of bragging rights:

Oxford University @UniofOxford

How does it feel to win? @OUWBCsquad explain that winning feeling in our exclusive #boatrace2015 video! https://t.co/4OYJ8FOp9L

It was clear from the beginning that Oxford were the in-form outfit, enjoying a more positive start to the race and taking off toward Craven Cottage with a lead already in the bag.

Winding their way down the Thames the Dark Blues continued to edge their way further ahead of Cambridge before coming upon Hammersmith Bridge, where Cambridge would look to take advantage of their inside track at the bend.

It would prove to be fruitless, however, as a combination of choppy conditions and the Oxford team matching them every stroke of the way saw the eventual winners come out with a length's lead.

Although the spirit of competition called for a tighter contest, Oxford looked the likely victors before even reaching halfway, with The Independent taking note of their clear cushion:

Indy Sport @IndySport

Oxford move clear of Cambridge and are pulling clear! It looks like the Dark Blue double is on at the Boat Race http://t.co/UvmKy4Vd09

And full credit must got to Louloudis and Co. for their work in battling against the strong winds and bends, which should rightfully have seen them concede territory, instead emerging with an even greater lead.

Even Match of the Day's Gary Lineker tuned in to the annual event, although some may well question the football pundit's input:

Gary Lineker @GaryLineker

The Boat Race is oarsome! I'll get my coat.

With such a distance between the two foes, Oxford may have eased up on their Cambridge opponents, but their efforts were merciless until the end, winning by an incredible six lengths.

Per The Telegraph's Alan Tyers, Oxford captain Stan Louloudis confirmed it was far from a perfect build-up to the race, but the Great Britain Olympian was ultimately full of praise for his crew:

"I felt a lot more pressure this time. Partly because I was leading the guys and partly because we had some dark moments in the build-up. But we went out and executed a really good race."

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Oxford Men throw Cox Will Hakim into the Thames after winning the BNY Mellon Oxford v Cambridge University Boat Race 2015 on April 11, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

With the margin reduced to just two in the overall scores, Oxford will sense the coming years as their opportunity to wrestle bragging honours back from their university foes.

The last time Oxford clinched three Boat Race triumphs in a row came in their six-year streak between 1987 and 1992, but they'll seek to ensure this can be the continuation of a similar spree.