Oriel likely to keep headshipBy Jim Railton
The Oxford Summer Eights, which start today, could produce a stalemate at the top end with Oriel once again making a successful defence of their headship. With the 1984 record-breaking Boat Race eight scattered among five colleges, none of Oriel's pursuers look to have the necessary pace to overhaul them.
Oriel have one Blue on board, Long, and two Isis oarsmen; their immediate pursuers, Christ Church, have two Isis oarsmen among their ranks.
Oriel move away from pursuersBy Jim Railton
Oriel, the head crew, opened up three lengths on their immediate pursuers, Christ Church, on the opening day of the Oxford Summer Eights yesterday. There were four bumps in Division One.
Oriel again hold off challengeBy Jim Railton
Oriel yesterday once again just held off by a quarter of a length an exceptionally strong challenge from Christ Church, and today should once again see an epic struggle for the headship. Lincoln, University, Pembroke and St Edmund Hall all gained territory.
At the top of the women's division, St Hugh's shrugged off yet another challenge by Osler House and increased their advantage by more than a length.
Oriel just keep their headOriel just held on to their headship in the final of the Oxford summer eights on Saturday (Jim Railton writes). Christ Church had pressured the lead crew all week, coming within a third of a length on Friday and half a length on Saturday.
New College finished third, well behind the wake of the top two crews. Pembroke predictably climbed on each day of the competition to reward a conscientious approach.
St Hugh's retained their headship in the women's competition, resisting Osler House's final challenge on Saturday with consummate ease.
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