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What sport has been contested annually in Britain since 1715 in the race called "Doggett's Coat and Badge"?

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What sport has been contested annually in Britain since 1715 in the race called "Doggett's Coat and Badge"?
posted Oct 3 by Maninder Bath

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Rowing
It is the oldest rowing race in the world. Thomas Doggett, joint manager of Drury Lane Theatre, was rescued by a Thames "Waterman" after falling overboard and in gratitude, offered a wager to young Watermen in their first year of freedom, of a traditional red Watermens' coat with a silver badge "representing Liberty", to commemorate the 1 August 1714 accession of George I of the House of Hanover.

answer Oct 3 by Anuradha Tabyal
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