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Controversies: The Blue Who Wasn't 

 

Cambridge, including Engleman celebrate winning in 2007 

Cambridge, including Engleman celebrate winning in 2007

Competitors who row in the Boat Race are normally awarded a 'Blue' by the Awards Committee of their university. A 'Blue' is the universities recognition of sporting excellence.

Both OUBC & CUBC operate strict criteria to ensure that participants in the race are genuine students undertaking academic courses which they intend to complete.

Thorsten Engleman a German international and world champion in the VIII in 2006, rowed for Cambridge in the 2006 and 2007 races. He was the heaviest man ever to row in the Boat Race when winning in 2007, while on a 3 year BA course in Economics.

Days after the 2007 race Engleman dropped out of Cambridge in order to concentrate on selection for the German squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. There was much anger at this and claims that Engleman wasn't a 'real' student and that he never intended to complete his course. Oxford, it is reported, even asked for the 2007 race to be awarded to them or declared void.

In an unprecedented move CUBC did not pass Engleman's name onto the University Blues Committee and he was not awarded a Blue. All concerned felt that Engleman's conduct did not uphold the traditions and integrity of the race, while CUBC offered their 'regret' to OUBC over the affair.

Engleman is the first and only oarsman in the history of the event not to be awarded a Blue for taking part.

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