March 01, 2016

LONDON (AP) Cambridge will have the heavier crew and include four American rowers for the Boat Race against university rival Oxford in the March 27 men's race.

Seeking to end a three-year winless drought in one of England's oldest sporting events, the Light Blues weighed in at 706 kilograms (1,533 pounds) at the crew announcement Tuesday - 11.8kg heavier than Oxford.

Only three of Cambridge's eight rowers are British, with an Austrian joining Americans Luke Juckett, Henry Hoffstot, Ben Ruble and Ali Abbasi, who is of German-U.S. nationality.

Cambridge leads the series 81-79.

For just the second time, the two universities' women's crews will also race over the same stretch of the River Thames in southwest London on the same day. The gender barrier was broken last year, when Oxford won.

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