Saturday, 31 July 2021

Olympic Gold Medalists: Sinković Brothers Return to Zagreb, Announce Discipline Change

July 31, 2021 - The Sinković brothers return to Zagreb with Olympic gold medals, along with bronze medalist rower Damir Martin and the Croatia judo team. 

The Croatia rowing team, led by Olympic gold medalists Martin and Valent Sinković and bronze medalist Damir Martin, arrived at Zagreb Airport. The judo team led by the world champion Barbara Matić also arrived from Tokyo, reports

"I am sorry that we did not win a medal. I hope that our performances gave motivation to others to train better and stronger and that there will be more successful Games for us in Paris," said Matić, who finished in fifth place.

Damir Martin was the next to stand in front of the microphone, holding his bronze medal after an incredible finish.

"Thank you for the welcome and messages of support. This medal is dedicated to my immediate family who always stood by me, went through the ups and downs with me. In the final, I was even a little short of winning silver. I am overjoyed, satisfied, and glad that Paris is in three years and there could be something beautiful there too. I look forward to your support," Martin said.

"Thank you all for coming and supporting us. My brother Martin and I have been saying for years that we have great conditions, but we are trying to push Jarun for the next generations and make it a great place for all rowers for the next 30 years. We had support and we could work in peace. Only the two of us, the coach and our family know how difficult it was to change discipline. There were ups and downs. We will never perform in this discipline again. We are happy to return to our natural discipline. There was a wonderful atmosphere in Tokyo between us Croatian athletes, we support each other and there will be more medals," said Valent Sinković and thus confirmed their return to double sculls. 

"We have written history in world rowing. No one has ever done this. We have more fire in us to win great results," added Martin Sinković.

In the evening, three of the four tennis Olympic medalists will arrive from Tokyo. They are Olympic gold medalists Mate Pavić / Nikola Mektić and silver medalist Marin Čilić. Ivan Dodig will continue from Tokyo to the United States, where new appearances await him soon.

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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Sinković Brothers Take Rowing Olympic Gold Medal in Tokyo!

July 29, 2021 - The Sinković brothers have done it again - they have won the rowing Olympic gold medal in Tokyo!

The celebrated Valent and Martin Sinković have won the Olympic gold in the coxless pairs discipline at the Olympic Games in Tokyo!

The Sinković brothers started strongly in their style from the start and immediately took the lead. After 500 meters, they had a 1.16-second advantage over Denmark and more than two seconds over the other four crews. In the middle of the race, the Sinković brothers were already a boat's length in front of the first runners-up, Romania, and Denmark, and held that advantage until the last 200 meters.

In the very end, the excellent Romania team of Marius Cozmiuc and Ciprian Tudosa managed to get closer, but the Sinković brothers attacked and passed the finish line with a 1.29-second advantage. The bronze was won by Denmark's Frederic Vystavel and Joachim Sutton.

This is the third Olympic medal for the Sinković brothers in the third different discipline, after the silver in the quadruple sculls from London 2012 and the gold in the doubles sculls from Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The Sinković brothers reached a new triumph with convincing victories in all three of their appearances in Tokyo, starting on Saturday in the qualifiers, continuing on Wednesday in the semifinals, and finishing the job on Thursday in the finals.

This is the second gold for Croatia in Tokyo, three days after taekwondo fighter Matea Jelić was the best in the category up to 67 kilograms.

"I don't know what to say smartly, we said everything on the track. The race is exactly as we imagined. We got Romania every time they tried to catch up with us," said Martin Sinković.

Valent added:

"Romania tested us to the limit. They set off before we thought of an attack, at 1000 meters already, we let them in a bit, and then at 750, we hit all the way so they didn’t feel blood. The last 200 we did the work, we said we wouldn’t breathe."

"We wanted to cross the finish line first and we achieved that. We made history, we made history with the world’s first gold, and now we’re still up," said Martin.

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Sunday, 6 June 2021

Historic Day: Sinković, Lončarić, and Jurković Sibling Pairs Win Medals at World Rowing Cup III!

June 6, 2021 - Wonderful news ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo as the Sinković brothers win the gold medal, the Lončarić brothers the bronze, and the Jurković sisters the silver at the World Rowing Cup III in Sabaudia, Italy! 

Brothers Valent and Martin Sinković won gold in coxless pairs in the third regatta of the World Rowing Cup in Sabaudia on Sunday, while brothers Patrik and Antun Lončarić took third place.

The Sinković brothers celebrated convincingly with a time of 6:16.79. Second place was taken by the British crew Calvin Tarczy and Douwe de Graaf, a little more than six seconds behind. Patrik and Antun Lončarić took third place with 6:25.89.

"There's no beating the Sinkovic brothers this year. Another dominant win for Martin and Valent - they will be the crew to beat in Tokyo, no doubt about it," said the World Rowing Twitter account after the win. 

This is a great result for both Croatian crews, especially for the Sinković brothers, for whom this was great preparation ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which begin on July 23.

Even better news - the Jurković sisters won second place in the World Cup race. This is a historic success of Croatian sport because never in the history of a medal have two pairs of siblings won a medal in the same competition!

The great Damir Martin will race a little later today. Stay tuned! 


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Sunday, 11 April 2021

Sinkovic Brothers Win European Gold in Italy!

April 11, 2021 - The brilliant Sinkovic brothers win European gold at the Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy!

Brother Martin and Valent Sinkovic won the gold medal in coxless pairs at the European Rowing Championships in Varese!

The Sinkovic brothers led throughout the race and deservedly celebrated in the end, passing through the finish line with a time of 6:23.37. Second place was taken by the Italian crew, and in third was the team from Serbia. Earlier in the day, sisters Ivana and Josipa Jurković took fifth place in the women's competition of the same discipline.

Damir Martin will fight in the singles final at 3:06 pm. 

You might recall that the Sinkovic brothers won silver at the European Championship held last year, which was the only rowing competition held in the pandemic year. 

Until this European Championship, the Sinkovic brothers have won 11 European, world, and Olympic gold medals, four silver medals, and one bronze medal as members of the foursome, double sculls, and coxless pairs. They moved to the coxless pairs discipline after the Olympic Games in Rio.

"A phenomenal race and it is wonderful to be the European champion again after last year when the Romanians surprised us. It is the Olympic year and we can hardly wait for new races, especially the historic one, the first World Championships in Zagreb," said Valent Sinković.

"We had a great feeling for the past three or four weeks and this was a really good race. However, the season has just begun, and we know what our goal is - Olympic gold in Tokyo," said Martin Sinković.

In the first major competition in the new discipline, they won silver at the 2017 World Championships and then won gold at the European Championships and World Champs in 2018 and 2019, before surprisingly finishing second behind Romanian team Cozmius and Tudose.

The next competition and another stop on the way to the Olympics in Tokyo is the World Rowing Championship, which is being held for the first time in history at Zagreb's Jarun from April 30 to May 2. 

We will have more after Damir Martin's final race at 3 pm! Stay tuned! 

Source: HRT

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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Sinković Brothers at European Championships: Champion Croatian Rowers after Gold Medal in Italy

April 8, 2021 - After several months of competition break, champion Croatian rowers brothers Valent and Martin Sinković are racing this weekend.

24 Sata reports that the Sinković brothers set off for the European Championships, to be held from April 9 to 11, 2021, in Varese, Italy. 629 athletes from 35 countries registered for the regatta, and Italy, the host country, has the largest number of registered crews.

"I think our biggest competition will be the Italians and the Romanians. The Dutch are tough on the first part of the track we learned last year. However, the boat is good, we are satisfied, and we can’t wait to race with the others. We hope for good competition, we will do our best to row the best we know, and then there is no fear for a good result," said Martin Sinković.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the international rowing season in 2020, only the European Championship was held, so the Croatian champion rowers are facing an exciting year of competition. According to the event management guidelines, the Varese Organizing Committee and the World Rowing Federation have developed a COVID-19 protection plan for organizing sporting events based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to ensure that all participants in the European Rowing Championships are at the lowest possible risk of infection. 

"After last year's lockdown, the cancellation of the Olympics, and the whole new situation due to the pandemic, we have finally welcomed a big competition. It was a long winter, we trained well, we are ready, we feel excellent, and we can't wait for the races," said Valent Sinković.

The first race is scheduled for Friday, the semifinals are on Saturday, and the finals on Sunday.

Last year, of the rowing competitions, only the European Championship was held in which the Sinković brothers won second place. The next competition and another stop on the way to the Olympics in Tokyo is the World Rowing Cup, which is being held for the first time in history at Zagreb's Jarun from April 30 to May 2.

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Sunday, 11 October 2020

Sinkovic Brothers Win Silver at European Rowing Championships in Poznan

October 11, 2020 - The Sinkovic Brothers win silver (6.29.46) in the coxless pair final at the European Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.

The Romanian team won the gold medal (6: 26.52), while the Italians came in third.

Brothers Valent and Martin Sinkovic, better known as the Sinkovic Brothers, were after another medal at the European Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. 

The Sinkovic brothers won first place in their semifinal group on Saturday (6:31.220) with a three-second advantage over the Italian crew. They were first in all passing times (500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters), and convincingly reached the finals.

In their rowing career so far, the Sinkovic brothers have won, in all disciplines, six world gold medals, one silver and one bronze. At the Olympics, they have a gold medal from Rio and silver from the quadruple sculls in London. At the European Championships, they have four gold and one silver medal.

After leaving double sculls and starting rowing in a new discipline - coxless pairs, they won the world silver in 2017 in Sarasota and the gold in Plovdiv (2018) and Ottensheim (2019). At the European Championships in this discipline, they celebrated in Glasgow 2018 and Lucerne last year.

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Monday, 5 October 2020

Sinkovic Brothers Will Fight for their Third Consecutive European Gold

October 5, 2020 - The Sinkovic Brothers will fight for their third consecutive European gold medal this weekend in Poznan.

HRT reports that the current world and European champions in the coxless pair, the celebrated Croatian rowers Martin and Valent Sinkovic, will try to win the third consecutive European title in this discipline this weekend in Poznan.

The day before leaving for Poznan, the Sinkovic brothers said that they expected to fight for gold, although this year they did not have any competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"This year there was no competition through which we check and improve our form, but it seems that we are fast and that the boat is good. Our coach followed our times, they are similar to last year before the World Cup, so we hope that the result will be good. We worked on ourselves, we will give our maximum, row the best we can and I believe we will be in the fight for gold," said Martin Sinkovic.

"I believe that the Italians will be our biggest competition. The Romanians, French, and Spaniards are always tough; you never know how they will row, but they are always close. Racing will be physically harder because you can’t be at the top of your form if you haven’t performed in any competition. But we are all in the same position and I don’t expect others to have an advantage over us. I think we have enough experience in our career," added Valent Sinkovic.

In addition to the Sinkovic brothers, Croatia will be represented in Poznan by Damir Martin in singles, Marko Ukropina, Anton and Patrik Loncaric and Ivan Piton in the coxless four, as well as Ivan and Josipa Jurkovic in the women's coxless pair. 

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Sinkovic Brothers After Third Medal in Third Discipline

March 8, 2020 - The Sinkovic brothers, composed of Martin (30) and Valent (31) Sinkovic, are currently in Zagreb, preparing for the new rowing year on Jarun.

This year, at the Tokyo Olympics, they want to win a third medal in their third discipline - coxless pairs, they said in the podcast 'I ja sam sportaš', as reported by 24 Sata.

“It has never happened in rowing that the same crew wins three medals in three different disciplines at three Olympics, so this is definitely an additional motive that pushes us forward to achieve this,” Martin said, and Valent continued that in the future, we could see them in yet another discipline.

“It would be nice to row in the eight at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, but I doubt it will happen because at least 10 to 12 very good rowers should be available for the eight, which is quite difficult in such a small country. But going back to the four is always possible.”

The Sinkovic brothers were part of the silver foursome from London in 2012, and they won gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and it is difficult to list their smaller successes. Some medals, however, are more important to them than others.

“Some medals in my room are on one shelf, from the smaller competitions, but the ones from the big championships, like the Olympics, are stacked in the showcase for me to see,” Martin Sinkovic said with a smile.

“These are more important to me and need to be in a visible place, and for these others, I really don't know where they are. I think we have over 250 of them,” Valentin said.

After they have won everything they can win, it would be easy to assume that the Sinkovic Brothers would soon retire, but they are not.

“I do not know when it will be over or what I will do later. I know I don't want to be a coach. I think that whenever the end of my career comes, we have nothing to regret, but I certainly want to row as long as it makes me happy,” Martin emphasized.

The focus of the season is the Olympics and they will be honing their form at the World Cups and European Championships.

“We have two World Cups and the European Championship before the Olympic Games, which will be the crown of the whole four-year cycle, so all competitions in this season are preparations for Tokyo,” Martin says, while Valent warns about the competition.

“In these three years, as long as we’ve rowed in coxless pairs, the main competitors alternate with us, but we look at the Italians, who beat us in 2017, as our biggest competitors.”

Many young rowers view them as role models, which they are extremely proud of, but also aware of the responsibility that this role carries.

“I am very pleased to hear that my brother and I are role models and that is why we try to give young people an example in rowing, but also in their daily lives, because they really provide many things that help us develop into quality people,” Martin concluded, answering the question of who is his role model in life.

“For me, every man who is honest, who brings up his children in the right way and cares for his family is a role model.”

Valent said in the podcast that he felt that we should not worry about the future of Croatian rowing and that we could soon witness the new successes of some new siblings.

“The Jurkovic sisters and the Loncaric brothers were juniors worldwide and I would choose them because I think they have everything they need to be successful in the seniors. However, they have to be patient because the transition from junior to senior competition is the hardest, and that's where it is and, unfortunately, many rowers are lost here. The Loncaric brothers are training with us and we are trying to help them as much as we can and I really think that they are on the right track and that they will succeed.”

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Saturday, 23 November 2019

FISA World Rowing Organization Declares Sinkovic Brothers Best in World!

November 23, 2019 - The Sinkovic Brothers have added to their collection of accolades with the latest honor received by the FISA World Rowing Organization. 

At an awards ceremony in London, the world rowing champions Martin and Valent Sinkovic were selected as the 'Best Male Crew of 2019' in the coxless pairs discipline. 

This is another wonderful recognition for the European, world, and Olympic winners, who have proven once again that their work and results are acknowledged worldwide.

"We are delighted with the award because this is a great confirmation of how much we are worth in the world. Perhaps the biggest confirmation is that we have moved into a new discipline and that is where we have been able to defend the world title,” said Valent Sinkovic.

The Sinkovic Brothers' excellence was officially recognized by the World Rowing Federation in 2016 when Martin and Valent were named best male crew, while coach Nikola Bralic was named the best rowing coach in the world in 2015.

“It is a great honor when a World Organization in your sport chooses you to be the best crew in the world in two different disciplines. They recognized our results, that's a big deal and a big motivation for the Olympics. We are now training very hard for Tokyo to try and win the best medal in coxless pairs, thus writing the history of rowing,” said Martin Sinkovic. 



FISA awards the 'Best in 2019' in seven categories for best male and female crew, best para-rowing crew, best coach, a special award for contributing to rowing as a sport, an award for the university rower who has demonstrated the core values of rowing in all aspects of life, and the world rowing award for sustainability.

The best rowing crews and coaches were nominated by spectators, rowing enthusiasts, and the media, and the finalists were selected by the FISA Council on the basis of their candidacy. In addition to the Sinkovic Brothers in the Men's Crew of the Year competition, there were also national teams from China, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Source: Zagreb Express

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Sinkovic Brothers Up for Best Male Rowing Crew of the Year!

October 16, 2019 - Rowing world champions Martin and Valent Sinkovic (also known as the Sinkovic Brothers) have been nominated by the World Rowing Federation (FISA) for the best male crew of the year! writes that this is yet another impressive recognition for both the Sinkovic brothers and coach Nikola Bralic, who have found themselves among the best in the world once again, proving that their work and results are recognized worldwide.

The Sinkovic brothers' excellence was already officially recognized by the World Rowing Federation in 2016, when Martin and Valent were named the best male crew, while coach Nikola Bralić was selected as the best rowing coach in the world in 2015.

"We are extremely proud of this nomination. It is another confirmation of all the results we are achieving and all the effort we make throughout the year," Valent said. Martin added: "I hope we are selected for the second time in our careers, it is a very great honor and a wonderful recognition after such a beautiful season. But even if we are not selected, it is a big deal just to be nominated among so many top crews."

FISA awards the best in 2019 in seven categories, including best male and female Crew, best para-rowing crew, best coach, a special award for contributing to rowing as a sport, University rowing, an award for those who have demonstrated the core values of rowing in all aspects of life, and the world rowing award for sustainability.

Will the Sinkovic brothers receive another valuable award to decorate their successful rowing year? The best will be awarded on November 22, 2019, in London. 

The best rowing crews and coaches were nominated by spectators, rowing enthusiasts and the media. The FISA Council then selected the finalists based on their candidacy. Along with the Sinkovic brothers, the men's crew of the year competition also boasts crews from China, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

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