Sinković Brothers Become Rowing World Champions for Fifth Time

Daniela Rogulj

Valent and Martin Sinković won the gold medal in pairs at the Plovdiv World Championships!

The celebrated Croatian duo Martin and Valent Sinković have become world champions once again, and this time in pairs at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, reports on September 16, 2018. 

The Sinković brothers dominated the final race in Plovdiv from the start. Just a quarter into the race, they gained a second and a half advantage over New Zealand, and halfway through, this advantage grew to three seconds, giving them an unprecedented 3.89-second lead over Romania in second by the end of the final 500 meters.

The Sinković brothers finished in 6:14.96 minutes, which was 1.94 seconds ahead of the Romanian duo Marius-Vasile Cozmiuc and Ciprian Tudosa in second, and 2.55 seconds ahead of French duo Valentine and Theophile Onfroy in third. 

The current Olympic winners in double sculls have thus won their fifth world gold in a third different discipline on Saturday. At the beginning of their career with Damir Martin and David Šain, they won the world gold in quadruple sculls in 2010 and 2013, and moved to double sculls to win another two gold medals in 2014 and 2015.

After winning the Olympic gold in the double sculls in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the brothers decided to change their discipline yet again and move to coxless pairs, where they already won the world silver in Sarasota last year.

This is the seventh international award for the Sinković brothers, who also won the bronze in quadruple sculls in 2011, and the Olympic silver in quadruple sculls in London. 


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