Boat race: Cambridge crew featuring Polish Olympian wins

Natan Węgrzycki-Szymczyk, Polish Olympian and Peterhouse College student, helped his fellow crew row to victory in the annual race on the River Thames.

Cambridge won by one length ahead of Oxford’s team, which translates to just two seconds. They completed the 6.8 kilometre long Boat Race in a time of 16m and 57s.

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The 24-year-old from Kraków, who helped Cambridge row to victory is an experienced athlete. Coached by his father, Mr Węgrzycki-Szymczyk began his career at the age of 10.

It was his victory at the 2013 Rowing Junior World Championship in single sculls that opened the door to his international career. In 2016, the Polish rower advanced to the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and finished 7th in the men’s single scull event. In the World Championships in Rotterdam, 2016, he came second in the single scull.

But Mr Węgrzycki-Szymczyk wasn’t the only Olympian in Cambridge’s crew. In the boat, among others, there was also Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell. The 46-year-old, currently a masters student at Peterhouse College, is now the oldest-ever Boat Race winner.

The Boat Race is one of the oldest sport events in the world and a cherished tradition of Oxbridge students and alumni as well as the general public. Each year it attracts up to 250,000 fans to the banks of the Thames and tens of millions watch the race on TV.