Manchester and Oxford have emerged as the first Power8 Sprints champions, following the inaugural edition of the city-centre-based rowing event.
The new urban rowing concept saw male and female crews representing eight UK cities compete in a series of head-to-head, knock-out races in Bristol Harbour.
The competition took place over a spectator-friendly, 350-metre course, allowing fans a full view of each contest, from start-line to finish.
Organiser British Rowing claimed that thousands turned out for the event, which was also broadcast live on BT Sport and BBC Sport Online.
Andy Parkinson, CEO of British Rowing, said: “Today was a brilliant example of the great rowing talent which exists across the country. Every race across the men’s and women’s competitions went to the wire and that is what we love about sprint rowing; it grips you from start to finish.
“We’re really looking forward to holding Power8 Sprints in Bristol again and it is our ambition that Power8 Sprints evolves into a three-event series in the future, so that we can reach even more people with this wonderful rowing experience”.
Rowi Mortimer, a member of the victorious Oxford women’s crew, added: “Power8’s has been fantastic. To see the crowds getting behind the racing and to be a part of such high-octane action was incredible”.
A pre-event promotional campaign was spearheaded by a team of Power8 Sprints City Champions, including Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic medalists Matt Gotrel, Jessica Eddie and James Fox.