April 11, 2015

LONDON (AP) Oxford beat Cambridge in the men's and women's Boat Races on Saturday as one of England's oldest sporting events gave equal billing to both genders for the first time.

For the first time in its 88-year history, the women's race between the country's two top universities was staged on the same course on the River Thames and on the same day as the men's.

Oxford's female crew marked the occasion by winning by 6 1/2 lengths, for a 12th victory in 16 years over its rival.

Less than an hour later, Oxford's men won by six lengths for a third straight win and reduced the deficit in the series against Cambridge to 81-79.

The women have previously raced on a course that is straight and much shorter.

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