Oxford have beaten Cambridge in the men’s Boat Race 2017. What does it feel like in the white heat of the moment?

The Unseen Boat Race – episode 3 – the end

In the wake of the Boat Races 2017, and the announcement of a transformational £12million gift to rowing at Oxford, the last video in our three-part series looks at what it feels like to go the distance — win or lose.

On a glorious day in London, the men’s crew took an early lead over their Cambridge counterparts that they never looked like relinquishing. The win was Oxford’s 80th in the event’s history – just two behind their rivals in light blue.

The Dark Blues won the toss and chose the Surrey station, surging into an early lead against the river bend that gave them the ideal platform for victory in front of an estimated 200,000 spectators lining the banks of the Thames.

Early difficulties, however, meant the women’s boat was always playing catch-up against a Cambridge crew that posted a record time since the women’s race began taking place over the same course three years ago.

Following their win in the 163rd Boat Race, Oxford men’s president Michael DiSanto – who competed in the Rio Olympics – said: ‘There’s nothing like this. Hats off to Cambridge, they were a good boat, but we were just better on the day, and that’s what it’s about.’

Oxford women’s captain Harriet Austin said she was proud of the way her team recovered from their difficult start.

She said: ‘The start didn’t go as we’d planned but I think we got it together really well and I am really proud of the girls and the effort we put in.

‘It was a good race but today was Cambridge’s day.’

In the reserve races, Oxford’s men and Cambridge’s women triumphed to leave honours even overall between the two institutions.

Video and images © University of Oxford. The news report of the 2017 results was first published on the Oxford University News and Events page, and is reproduced with permission.

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