The Oxford crew were favourites going into the race, first rowed in 1829, and secured the favoured Surrey side of the Thames where the long bend after Hammersmith Bridge worked in their favour.
There had been fears that the race could be called off because of the discovery of a World War II bomb in the river near the start at Putney Bridge on Saturday. But specialists safely removed the shell early on Sunday and both the men and women rowed in calm, sunny conditions.
By halfway down the 6.8km course between Putney and Mortlake in southwest London, the Oxford men's crew, 26 kg lighter than Cambridge, had opened clear water.
Cambridge made a last push after Barnes Bridge but could not catch their rivals who finished in 17 minutes.
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