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Martin SINKOVIC

Croatia CRO

Athlete

  • Gender
    M
  • Birthdate
    10 Nov 1989
  • Height
    186 cm
  • Weight
    100 kg
  • Place of residence
    Zagreb , Croatia
  • Started Rowing in
    1999
  • Hobbies
    Biking
  • Clubs
    Mladost HA VK

Recent results

2017 World Rowing Cup III - Lucerne, SUI

Class Race Final Time
M2- CRO FA Final 2 06:35.670
M2- CRO SA/B 2 Semifinal 1 06:31.000
M2- CRO H2 Heat 1 06:26.810

2016 Olympic Games Regatta - Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Class Race Final Time
M2x CRO FA Final 1 06:50.280
M2x CRO SA/B 1 Semifinal 1 06:12.270
M2x CRO H3 Heat 1 06:30.090

Quotes from Athletes

21 May 2014 Martin Sinkovic
I’m happy with the way we rowed today. We have more in reserve for the middle part of the race as well as for the finish. In our race, probably because of the wind and some motorboats in the last 500, we had some wakes and that disturbed us a bit.
21 May 2014 Martin Sinkovic
For us it’s perfect to row together as brothers. We know each other and we understand each other. If there is a problem the other understands it immediately.
21 May 2014 Martin Sinkovic
Before the start of the race the wind was blowing behind us so we went with shorter oars. Then at the start the wind turned round so we had to work harder. But congratulations to Germany.
21 May 2014 Martin Sinkovic
It is a great feeling to beat the world and Olympic champions. it was a tough race but we are happy with the group. We wanted tough competition in the heat so are glad we got Poland, Australia and New Zealand. Our rhythm and training has been good. During the race we had a little bit more wind than we expected.

Martin Sinkovic (CRO)

Athlete of the MonthDecember 2016

Martin Sinkovic is one half of the Rio 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning men’s double sculls.  The other half is his older brother, Valent.  The two have taken that boat class by storm since coming together in 2014, never losing an elite race in that time. Before the double Martin was part of Croatia’s most successful men’s quadruple sculls with two senior World Championship title from this boat as well as an Olympic silver from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The popular duo has now surprised the rowing world by announcing they will switch to the pair. 

World Rowing:  How was Rio?
Martin Sinkovic: Rio was great!! We had a great time there, especially after the race when my wife arrived and we had an amazing time to the end of the Games.

WR: How does Olympic gold compare with your other successes?
MS: 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. 

WR: What do you remember about the Rio final?
MS: I remember that we were happy that race had finally come and that we could race for the Olympic gold!

WR: How is rowing with just your brother different to rowing with others in the boat?
MS: 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.

WR: What is your job in the boat?
MS: My role in the boat is to achieve perfect rowing to support my brother so that we can row perfectly together.

WR: Why are you changing to the pair?
MS: 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 and we enjoy the new discipline.

WR: Which rower do you most admire?
MS: I admire all hard working rowers who give all they can for their dreams.

WR: Are you able to row full time?
MS: I am full time rower. I study sport management but that is not my priority. I am all in for rowing for now and it is the best life I can have.

WR: What are you doing now for training?
MS: It is too cold for rowing in Zagreb (Croatia) just now so I am doing lot of ergs and running.  Three times a week I go to the gym.

WR: What are your plans for 2017?
MS: In 2017, we have a plan to race in the pair and to have the best races we can.  The plan is to go as fast as we can and I believe then we will have some good racing.

WR: What will you be eating on Christmas Day?
MS: On Christmas day in the morning I will eat homemade ham and boiled egg, spring onions and homemade bread and lot of cakes. In Croatia, Christmas breakfast is very important and everybody puts a lot of attention into it. For lunch some roast beef and pork with potatoes and lots of salad. 

WR: What is the best rowing advice you have ever had?
MS: The best advice I’ve ever had is to train hard and believe in myself.

WR: What is your next big goal?
MS: My next big goal is to stay successful in the pair and that we have as good a technique in the pair as we have in the double.