The 139th Boat Race took place on 27 March 1993. Held annually, the Boat
Race is a side-by-side rowing race between crews from the Universities
of Oxford and Cambridge along the River Thames. Cambridge, using
"cleaver blades" for the first time in the history of the race, won by
three-and-a-half lengths in a victory that was described in The Times as
"crushingly conclusive". The winning time of 17 minutes exactly was the
fourth fastest time in the event. Cambridge's victory prevented what
would have been Oxford's seventeenth win out of the last eighteen races,
which would have levelled the overall score for the first time since the
1929 race. Oxford's crew featured two Olympic gold medallists and saw
changes in their rowers and cox in the lead-up to the event. The race
was umpired by the former Oxford Blue Mark Evans, who controversially
instigated changes to the start procedure of the race. In the reserve
race, Cambridge's Goldie defeated Oxford's Isis, while Cambridge won the
Women's Boat Race.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boat_Race_1993>
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