Decorated: Cracknell (left) celebrates with team-mates Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent after winning the gold medal in the men’s coxless fours at the Sydney Olympic in September 2000Credit:Ross Kinnaird/GETTY IMAGES James Cracknell celebrates with team-mates Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team’s uniform Credit: Geoff Robinson The Olympian rower James Cracknell has been training ahead of the Boat Race, after taking up am MPhil in Human Evolution at Cambridge University.The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team’s Light Blue uniform as he trained on the River Great Ouse in Ely, Cambs.The Light Blue Boat crew will be officially announced next Thursday and if he is selected he will become the oldest man ever to compete in the famous race.Andy Probert was 38 when he coxed Cambridge in 1992 and Mike Wherley was 36 when he rowed for Oxford in 2008.Cracknell, who has two Olympic Gold medals, would also become the most decorated man to row in the annual contest against Oxford. The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team's uniform  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  “If he hits a wall in the race it will be because of the exertion – the same as anyone else in the team – not because of his age.” Matt Roberts, former personal trainer to David Cameron, said that competing in the Boat Race is “definitely not too strenuous” for a 47 year-old.“There is no barrier or reason why he can’t do it. His body is conditioned enough to be able to cope with the exertion,” he told The Telegraph.  “As we get older our tendons and ligaments are potentially less elastic, so there is higher risk of potential injury. But you would have discovered that already in training.

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