London Olympians to appear in 2012 Australian Boat Race
1 November 2012
The history and rivalry between two of Australia's oldest and greatest universities will be on show again this weekend when rowing crews including several Olympic athletes take to Sydney Harbour for the latest instalment in a sporting contest dating back more than 150 years.
In what is becoming a major event on the Australian sporting calendar, the men's and women's eights from the University of Melbourne will on Sunday race their University of Sydney counterparts into the heart of Darling Harbour in what promises to be a spectacular finish for the 2012 Australian Boat Race.
Seven London 2012 Australian Olympians are among the crews, who were presented to the media at a weigh-in ceremony on Friday morning in the University of Sydney's Quadrangle.
The races on Sunday morning will begin at Woolwich and end in Darling Harbour. An exclusion zone around the 4.3-kilometre course will be in place to ensure the safety of the crews.
The two universities have divided the spoils since the race was revived two years ago, with Sydney's men winning the 2010 and 2011 races, the latter in a nailbiting finish on Melbourne's Yarra River, while Melbourne's women have beaten their Sydney counterparts on both occasions.
The 2010 race was the first time in 150 years that the boat clubs from Australia's two oldest universities had met head-to-head. The record books show that in 1860 Melbourne won a race held on the Yarra River. Among the Sydney team was a young Edmund Barton, who went on to become Australia's first prime minister in 1901.
The races on Sunday 4 November will begin with the women's race at 8.20am followed by the men's event at 9.20am. For more information and the full schedule, visit the Australian Boat Race website or follow the #ausboatrace hashtag on Twitter.
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