Both Cambridge and Oxford left the Boat Race victors yesterday winning the women's and men's races respectively.
Cambridge dug deep to stay as close as they could, even momentarily closing the gap, but Oxford found clear water at the end to win by a length and a half and reclaim the title.
The Light Blues of Cambridge, who nearly sank past year, went on to secure their first victory since 2012 by some distance, and in a record time of 18 minutes 34 seconds. "As brothers we don't win too much but now I've won a medal and the Thames has already reclaimed it".
"To me at the start of the year, before I'd seen it through, this (the women's) squad looked more exciting", Holland told Press Association Sport.
This Sunday, April 2 2017 will be the 163 Boat Race between the two mighty universities; Oxford University and the Cambridge University!
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The men's race dates to 1829, as a challenge between friends held in Henley-on-Thames. "This year I have just had an incredible team with me and we did it right to the end".
He expected it to be "a very fast day for us" and his faith was rewarded when Cambridge broke the race record by a minute, recording a quicker time than their male crew produced in the 2016 event.
"We've got really exciting, upcoming athletes". Their rhythm was superb and was able to resist the occasional Cambridge surges in what was an excellent competitive race. And when proceedings did get underway, the Light Blues found themselves on the Middlesex bend that was the graveyard of the Oxford women's hopes earlier in the afternoon.
Sunday's races had been in doubt after a suspected World War Two shell was discovered by the River Thames and there was more drama at the start of the women's race. You're in a really hard position when you're winning - the pressure is more on you.