James Cracknell shuts out media scrum to focus on Boat Race

Oldest rower to compete in famous race has earned his place in Cambridge boat, colleagues say

For someone about to battle the tides of history as well as the Thames in the 165th Boat Race, James Cracknell looked remarkably calm on Friday as film crews buzzed around him as he finished his morning row.

On Sunday the 46-year-old will strike a blow for middle-aged men everywhere by becoming the oldest competitor in the event’s history – a story that has attracted journalists from as far afield as China and Turkey to this year’s race.

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