Two Oriel Students Row to Victory in Boat Race

  • Photo of the Oxford Men's Boat Race crew in their boat
    The Dark Blues crew as they cross the finish line
  • Photo of the Oxford Men's Boat Race crew celebrating their victory
    The Oxford Men's crew celebrating their victory
  • Photo of the Oxford Men's Boat Race crew celebrating their victory
    Celebrations on the shore for the Oxford crew
5 April, 2022

Graduate students Charlie Elwes, a Bronze medallist for Team GB in the Tokyo Olympics, and Liam Corrigan, who competed for the USA in Tokyo, were part of the victorious Oxford crew in the Men's Boat Race on 3rd April - the first win for Oxford's men since 2017.

There was great anticipation ahead of the race, which returned to the Tideway for the first time since 2019 after several years of disruption. Following on from a record-breaking performance by Cambridge in the Women's Boat Race, both crews went out fast from the blocks aiming to gain an early advantage. The Dark Blues quickly established a small lead, with both crews receiving warnings for getting a bit too close to one another.

In spite of several pushes from Cambridge, the Oxford crew didn't falter, building on their early lead to put clear water between them and their competitors. Having pushed themselves to the limit, both teams dropped their pace towards the end of the race but Oxford maintained their dominance to triumph in a fast time of 16 minutes and 47 seconds.

Congratulations to Charlie and Liam and the rest of the Oxford crew on their victory!