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Martin Sinković (born 10 November 1989) is a Croatian rower. He is the younger brother of rower Valent Sinković, with whom he won the gold medal in Men's double sculls at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He had previously won the silver in the men's quadruple sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics with his brother, David Šain and Damir Martin.[1]

Martin Sinković
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Martin Sinković in 2012
Personal information
Born (1989-11-10) 10 November 1989 (age 29)
Zagreb, SR Croatia,
SFR Yugoslavia

Furthermore, Valent and Martin have won multiple gold medals at World Championships, as well as at European Championships and have various victories at World Cups in their record. [2]

The Sinković brothers were the first men's double sculls team to go under 6 minutes for their race time.[3]


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CareerEdit

After his eldest brother, Matija, was inspired to try out the sport of rowing after watching it on TV, Martin joined him in the pursuit without hesitation. However, it wasn't until his other brother, Valent, took up oars of his own a year later that things really began to take off.

From double sculls, to quadruple sculls, to the more recent discipline of coxless pairs, Valent and Martin Sinković have racked up a hugely impressive array of silverware and accolades. [4]

Martin and Valent have been racing together internationally since 2008.[5] In 2008 they won silver in the double sculls at the under-23s World Championships.[5] In 2009 they, along with David Šain and Damir Martin, won gold in the quadruple sculls at the under-23 World Championships.[5] The years after, they formed Croatia’s most successful men’s quadruple sculls with two senior World Championship titles from this boat as well as an Olympic silver from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Now Martin is only rowing with Valent. “Rowing with only my brother is very special and better than anything else. When you row with someone, sometimes you spent 24 hours together. Because of that, it is very important that you row with a person who you understand and that you are happy with.” Martin reflects on the relationship. [6] "Together we can do everything" he adds. [7]

The brothers Sinković also broke a world record when they became the first pair to go under six minutes over 2,000m at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, beating the existing record by four seconds. They've dominated pretty much every edition of the World Rowing Championships since by claiming numerous victories.

In 2015, Valent was forced to miss part of the 2015 season with a rib injury, meaning the Sinković brothers missed the European championships. They still managed to win the Men's Double Skulls World Cup in Varese, Italy.

In 2016, Martin and Valent won the gold medal in Men's double sculls at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio which is probably their biggest achievement to date. [8]

“Olympic gold is by far the most precious medal to me. We have had a very successful career so far but without Olympic gold it wouldn't be whole.“ Martin says about the victory. [9]

The same year they became European Men's Double Skulls Champions and won two Men's Double Skulls World Cups in Varese, Italy and Luzern, Switzerland.

At the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, USA the Sinkovićs tried to conquer a new discipline and missed out on gold by 0.34 seconds in the Coxless Pairs. They had to settle for silver. In their first official Coxless Pairs World Cup in Luzern, Switzerland earlier that year they also landed in second place. Valent also participated in Single Skulling at the Silver Skiff Regatta in Turin, Italy and won silver. [10]

“We were thinking about what we could change after the Olympic Games. And we had an idea to go to pair and to try to be successful in the pair. That is the big challenge for us and our coach.” [11]

In 2018, the brothers started off with a win at the FISA World Cup Rowing Pairs in Belgrade, Serbia and continued with a second place at the FISA World Cup Rowing Pairs in Linz, Austria. At the World Rowing Championships Rowing Pairs in Plovdiv, Bulgaria they again won gold.

In 2019 the two brothers got 2nd place at the FISA World Cup Rowing Pairs in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and became European Champions in Pairs in Lucerne, Switzerland. [12]

He is the world record holder for the 6000 m on the indoor rower 18:05.7 (1:30.4).[13]

“The best advice I’ve ever had is to train hard and believe in myself.” This is how you beat records Martin says. [14]

Competition HighlightsEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – London, GBR – (M4x) Men's Quadruple Sculls – Final". www.worldrowing.com. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Martin Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Valent SINKOVIC - worldrowing.com". www.worldrowing.com. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Martin Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Valent SINKOVIC - worldrowing.com". www.worldrowing.com. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Martin SINKOVIC". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Martin Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Martin Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Martin SINKOVIC". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Martin Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Martin SINKOVIC". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Martin Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  13. ^ "World Records". #Concept2.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Martin SINKOVIC". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 7 August 2019.

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