Europe 1 with AFP 19:45 p.m., March 26, 2023

Noem Mouelle, 21, became the first Frenchman to participate and win the Boat Race since 2006. This mythical which opposes the prestigious English universities of Oxford and Cambridge has seen Cambridge win and therefore the French triumph.

Rowing driver Noam Mouelle, 21, became the third Frenchman to win the legendary rowing race between the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the latter having won the 168th edition on Sunday. Despite complicated weather conditions, which made it difficult to keep their line for both boats, Cambridge took the lead from the start of the race and never let it go.

The light blues finished one step ahead of the dark blues to claim their 86th win in 18 minutes and 18 seconds, compared to Oxford's 81 and a draw. Licensed at the Perreux-sur-Marne club and member of the U23 France team at the last World Championships, Mouelle joined Cambridge as part of his PhD in particle physics.

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After 2006...

The French bring good luck to their universities when they take part in the race since, before him, Bastien Ripoll won the 152nd men's race, in 2006, with Oxford, while Myriam Goudet won the women's race in 2017 and 2018 with Cambridge. She had also launched a series that continued Sunday with the 6th victory in a row and the 46th in the history of Cambridge, against 30 for Oxford, in the women.

The Boat Race takes place every spring on the Thames, in London, over 6.7 km. It is a veritable institution broadcast live on the BBC, followed by millions of viewers and several hundred thousand viewers on the banks of the Thames.