Boat Race 2019: Former Olympic champion James Cracknell helps Cambridge power to win over Oxford


Boat Race 2019: Former Olympic champion James Cracknell helps Cambridge power to win over Oxford

James Cracknell made Boat Race history by becoming the oldest-ever winner as Cambridge beat Oxford by a length.

The double-Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion, 46, powered to victory with Cambridge – an achievement dubbed ‘off the scale’ by his former Great Britain team-mate Matthew Pinsent.

Cracknell and Cambridge celebrate the victory

Eight years older than the previous record holder, Cambridge’s 1992 cox Andy Probert, Cracknell suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010 when fracturing his skull in a bike accident.

But after last week confirming the end of his marriage to Beverley Turner, the Peterhouse College masters student pulled off an extraordinary personal achievement, that friend Ben Fogle called “the start of another chapter in his life”.

Cracknell conceded more than 25 years on some of his team-mates, but belied his age to leave friends and former colleagues in awe.

“This is the start of another chapter in his life,” Fogle said.