Cambridge have won the 165th University Boat Race on the Thames in London, winning in a time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds, not far short of the course record of 16 minutes and 19 seconds set by Cambridge in 1998.

The victory means Cambridge - who had the legendary British Olympian James Cracknell as part of their crew - have now won the race 84 times to Oxford's 80, with a dead heat in 1877.

Earlier in the day, Cambridge also won the 74th Women's University Boat Race, with a time of 18 minutes and 47 seconds.

Boat Race 2019: Cambridge beat Oxford in both men's and women's races

BBC Sport
7 April 2019

Cambridge: Bell, Cracknell, Bitler, Alizadeh, Sullivan, Hookway, Davidson, Węgrzycki-Szymczyk, Holland

Oxford: Harzheim, Landis, Sullivan, Aldous, Schroder, Drinkall, Pearson, Wambersie, Carbery

Winning time: 16:57

Cambridge men (Cracknell, second left) win Boat Race for second successive year

Cambridge - who included double Olympic champion James Cracknell - beat Oxford for the second successive year to win the 165th Boat Race.

Holding off a late Oxford push, the Light Blues crossed the line in 16 minutes 57 seconds - just two seconds ahead of their opponents.

Earlier, Cambridge won the women's race by five lengths to seal their third victory in a row.

Cracknell, 46, said it made him realise he "missed" the sport.

He is the oldest person to compete in the Boat Race, and told BBC Sport: "I surprisingly did not regret my decision to do this at any point in the race.

"At the start I thought: 'I've missed this, I haven't felt this for 20 years'."

Early in the race, the boats clashed blades as Cambridge steered across the centre line, before they opened up a two-length lead.

Oxford narrowed that gap towards the end of the race, finishing less than one length behind.

Matthew Holland, Cambridge's cox, said victory was "indescribable".

"This is a year of training, a year of hard work. The guys have put so much hard work into this," he added.

Cambridge have now won 84 Boat Races, compared with Oxford's 80, and with one dead heat. It was the first time they have achieved back-to-back victories since 1999.

Victory in the women's race was Cambridge's 44th; Oxford have won 30.

The Light Blues finished in a time of 18 minutes 47 seconds, 15 seconds shy of the women's record.

"This is so special; we have been working towards this for two years," Larkin Sayre, the Cambridge boat captain, told BBC Sport. "This is the culmination of so much work."

Cambridge controlled the women's race from the very start, taking a length within the first four minutes before extending that lead to three as they passed under Hammersmith Bridge.

Blondie, Cambridge's reserve boat, also won the women's reserve race, beating Oxford's Osiris by five lengths.

Victory in the women's race was Cambridge's 44th; Oxford have won 30.