TOM James is finally celebrating victory after competing in his fourth and final University Boat Race.
The former Chester King's School pupil was determined to graduate with a win and it duly arrived on Saturday as Cambridge triumphed in the 153rd race by a length - their first success over Oxford since 2004.
After clinching his first win, Tom, president of the university's boat club, said: 'I didn't really want to think about losing again. I don't know what I would have done, but I wasn't thinking beyond the race.
'We knew they were going to hammer off the start and we had to stick to our guns and keep moving.
'We kept pounding and coming down the straights. It was just a matter of listening to the calls and staying on your blades.
'Having lost three times, it's a great relief not to be in that situation again.'
After back-to-back defeats in the last two races from Putney to Mortlake, Cambridge were eager to make amends on Saturday.
The Light Blues nosed in front around Chiswick Steps and, as Barnes Bridge came into view, they were a length in front.
Although Oxford pushed hard, they could not close the gap and Cambridge held on for a victory by a length-and-aquarter. The Light Blues won in a time of 17 minutes 49 seconds over the four miles 374 yards course. The record is 16 mins 19 secs
Tom and the Cambridge crew had practised on the River Dee in Chester in preparation for the big race, basing themselves at the King's School Rowing Club's boathouse.
The 22-year-old from Coedpoeth, near Wrexham, said it was a break from the term-time routine, which could involve a two-hour weights workout before breakfast, and 11 training sessions per week.
A 2004 Olympian in Athens with the GB eight, Tom competed in his first Boat Race in 2003 when he was only 19.
He is in the fourth year of an Engineering degree at Trinity Hall and has his sights set on representing Britain at next year's Olympics in Beijing. n Cambridge now lead the overall Boat Race series, which dates back to 1829, by 79-73, with one dead heat.