WREXHAM rower Tom James bounced back from his Olympic disappointment with victory in the world's biggest race.
Twenty-year-old James's time in Athens was disrupted by illness, but he showed his ability in the 7,000-strong Head of Charles event in Boston, America, where he led his Cambridge teammates to memorable victory.
James was part of the eight-strong Cambridge Boat Race crew that left the much-fancied Dutch and American teams trailing in their wake.
It was only two months ago that James and the British eight were struggling to equal past glories in Athens, where the Dutch eight claimed a silver.
And after taking his position as bow at the end of the boat, James and his Cambridge crew started one place and 10 seconds behind Holland, as the Dutch looked to continue their impressive form.
But the deficit was cut in half at the second mile mark, before James pushed on his jubilant teammates to a shock three-second win in the 800-boat time trial, leaving champions America to come home sixth.