The victory was their first in four years, and came after a run of six wins from eight for Oxford
Cambridge cruise to first men's Boat Race victory over Oxford in four years
Cambridge beat Oxford in the Boat Race for the first time since 2012
Oxford had won six of the last eight races on the River Thames
It improves Cambridge's lead in the head-to-head record to 82-79
Oxford won the women's Boat Race earlier on Sunday afternoon
By Declan Warrington, Press Association
27 March 2016
162nd University Boat Race
Winning time: 18 mins 38 secs
Winning distance: Two-and-a-half lengths
Overall record: Cambridge 82-79 Oxford
Cambridge: Newman (GBR), Abbasi (GBR/USA), Fisher (GBR), Auersperg (AUT), Juckett (USA), Hoffstot (USA), Ruble (USA), Tredell (GBR), Middleton (GBR)
Oxford: McKirdy (GBR), White (GBR), Gerlak (USA), Bugajski (GBR), Carrington (GBR/NZ), Tveit (GBR), Cook (GBR), Hazell (GBR), Collier (GBR)
Cambridge University have beaten Oxford to win the 162nd edition of the Boat Race and end their rivals' recent dominance.
The victory was their first in four years, and came after a run of six wins from eight for Oxford, whose women had won the women's edition earlier on Sunday afternoon.
Race favourites Cambridge had won the toss, and chose to start on the Surrey station on the same south side of London's river Thames as Oxford's women.
Cambridge celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's Boat Race for the first time in four years
The Cambridge crew celebrate their victory on Sunday in the background as Oxford look on dejected
Cambridge cruised to victory in the 162nd edition of the men's boat race and celebrate at the end
The scene at the finish line as Cambridge finish well ahead of Oxford as thousands look on from riverside
In rough conditions on the Tideway course, the teams began competitively but with the more experienced Cambridge slightly edging ahead while rowing more tidily.
Much of the reason they were favoured came in the fact they were 11.8 kilograms heavier overall, 1.5 centimetres taller per man, and had added Great Britain oarsman Lance Tredell to their team.
Approaching the first bend they were were building a promising lead, but at a time when they would have hoped to extend that - approaching the second, by Hammersmith bridge - Oxford impressed by remaining more than in contention just behind them.
The second was where the water, owing to strong wind, was at its choppiest, and where Cambridge's women were at risk of sinking, but Cambridge built on their advantage in the unfavourable conditions and by the time they reached the Chiswick Steps were set up for victory.
Thereafter, both teams - perhaps reacting to the struggles earlier witnessed in the women's race - headed for the Middlesex bank where the water was at its kindest, and as they did, Cambridge retained their lead which had built to two-and-a-half-lengths.
Oxford look dejected at the end of the race as their efforts fall short on the River Thames on Sunday
Cambridge took the early lead in Sunday's race and never let go as they sealed victory
The Oxford boat try hard to catch up on the Thames but Cambridge were too strong in the end
Heading into the final straight having already overcome the biggest challenges, the light blues remained relaxed to end any unlikely hope Oxford had of recovering.
Their convincing victory was eventually secured in a time of 18 minutes and 38 seconds, and by two-and-a-half lengths.
Its nature meant there were no clashes between the two boats, and that the race's umpire was never needed.
It also vindicated the decision of head coach Steve Trapmore, a 2000 Olympic gold medallist for Great Britain, to transform their preparations in the hope of ending a run of three straight defeats. He had also overseen a win in 2012, but which some observers felt may have been fortuitous.
The Oxford (right) and Cambridge men's boats pass by Fulham FC's Craven Cottage stadium
The opposing teams take their place at the start line ahead of the 162nd men's Boat Race on Sunday
After his side's victory, Cambridge president Henry Hoffstot told BBC One: 'I'm at an absolute loss for words.
'After losing twice, coming out here and winning is a feeling like nothing I've ever experienced before. I'm truly humbled.
'A lot of hard work goes into this, it's nine months and we wanted it more today. All of the guys did a great job, Steve (Trapmore, Cambridge head coach) did a great job.
'It's just a spectacular day for the Light Blues.'
Cambridge cox Ian Middleton added: 'It was definitely tough conditions. Steve and I went out over the course yesterday at about this time when the conditions were very similar. We knew what it would be like, we knew it would be a tough second half and we'd have to set it up in the first half.
'Credit to the guys, they dealt with it really well and responded to what I asked them when we turned into that.'
Losing president Morgan Gerlak is confident Oxford will bounce back next year.
'We're part of the best boat club in the world and we'll be back next year,' he said.
'We have the best coaches, best athletes and we'll be back.'
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