10:00am Tuesday 6th March 2012
An oarsman, who learned his rowing in Oxfordshire, will be all out to halt Oxford University in the 158th Xchanging Boat Race on Saturday, April 7.
Ed Bosson, from Radley College, was yesterday named as the Cambridge cox for the duel from Putney to Mortlake, when the crews were announced in London’s Olympic Park.
Bossom, who lives in Beaconsfield, coxed Great Britain’s eight to the silver medal in the World Junior Championship at the Dorney Lake Olympics venue last August.
His opposite number in the Oxford crew is Zoe de Toledo, who is a stone lighter than Bossom’s 8st 11lb and will have to carry additional weight on race day to reach the minimum requirement for coxes of 8st 9lb.
Cambridge have weighed in a massive ten stone heavier than Oxford.
The Dark Blues were also the lighter crew when winning last year.
The heaviest oarsman in this year’s race will also be in the Cambridge crew.
American Steve Dudek – rowing in his first Boat Race, having spent the last four years competing for the University of Wisconsin – weighed in at 17st 4lb.
Oxford’s British bowman, Alex Woods, is the lightest crew member on either side, tipping the scales at a mere 12st 4lb.
Cambridge lead Oxford by 80 victories to 76 in the 183-year-old event, but have lost seven of the last ten races.
A heavier boat is often deemed an advantage in the annual Varsity battle, but Oxford defied that logic last year when they secured a comfortable four-length success over their heavier opponents.
Karl Hudspith, at five, is the only returnee from last year’s Dark Blues line-up, while David Nelson and Mike Thorp remain for Cambridge.
BOAT RACE LINE-UPS
Oxford: bow A Woods 12st 4lb, 2 W Zeng 13.0, 3 K Baum 14.6, 4 H Wienhausen 14.10, 5 K Hudspith 14.5, 6 A Davidson 14.13, 7 D Harvey 12.7, stroke R Haen 15.3, cox Z de Toledo 7.11.
Cambridge: bow M Schramm 14.6, 2 J Lindeman 14.3, 3 M Thorp 14.6, 4 D Nelson 14.9, 5 A Scharp 15.1, 6 S Dudek 17.4, 7 A Ross 16.1, stroke N Garratt 14.7, cox E Bosson 8.11.
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