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Jackie Skender – Rowing Canada Aviron

March 31, 2013, (ISN) – Canadian Malcolm Howard, Olympic gold (2008) and silver (2012) medalist, today helped Oxford University to a win in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

Oxford claimed this 159th Boat Race by a length-and-a-half on the River Thames. First raced in 1829, the contest between the two famous universities is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.

“We were aggressive from the start and stuck to the race plan,” said Howard after today’s race, which Oxford finished in 17 minutes and 28 seconds over 6.8 km. “Cambridge did not give up, and we fought for every inch we got. Our total focus was on beating Cambridge.”

Howard, originally from Victoria, B.C., was in the stroke position of the Oxford eight.

“Malcolm is an outstanding athlete and a great ambassador of Canadian rowing,” said Peter Cookson, Rowing Canada’s High Performance Director. “We are very proud of his accomplishments both with our National Team and with Oxford.”

The victory cut Cambridge’s overall Boat Race win lead to 81-77.

Howard was not the only Canadian who was victorious today. In the reserve race, Tom Watson, originally from Winnipeg, stroked Oxford’s Isis boat that also triumphed, beating Cambridge’s Goldie. Oxford won this race by 1/3 length, in a time of 17 minutes 51 seconds. Watson represented Canada in 2010 lightweight development squads, but has been rowing for Oxford for the last few years.

“It went to plan like a script, everyone committed to winning,” said Watson. “It’s a great feeling. And I’m enjoying sharing this with another Canadian.”

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