Tõnu Endrekson

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Tõnu Endrekson
Tõnu Endrekson Varese 2012.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Estonian
Born (1979-06-11) 11 June 1979 (age 35)
Pärnu, Estonia
Residence Pärnu, Estonia
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 99 kg (218 lb; 15.6 st)[1]
Sport
Sport Rowing
Event(s) M4x
Club Pärnu Sõudeklubi

Tõnu Endrekson (born June 11, 1979, in Pärnu, Estonia) is an Estonian rower. He was fourth in the double sculls event with Leonid Gulov at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Endrekson won a silver medal in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the double sculls event with Jüri Jaanson.[2] He is a member of rowing club "Pärnu Sõudeklubi" (Pärnu Rowing Club) located in Pärnu.

Junior years[edit]

Endrekson competed in the Junior World Rowing Championships in 1996 in the double sculls event (24th) and 1997 in the single sculls event (16th). In 2001 he won a gold medal in the U-23 World Regatta (now U-23 World Championships) in the double sculls event with Leonid Gulov.

Olympic Games[edit]

His first appearance in the Olympic Games was in Athens 2004, where he competed in the double sculls event with Leonid Gulov. The men were third in their preliminary heat and second in semi-final thus earning a place in the Final A. They held the sixth position for the first 1500 metres, but with the strong final 500 metres they managed to clinch the fourth position. Eventually they lost the bronze medal to Italians Rossano Galtarossa and Alessio Sartori by 2,37 seconds.

In Beijing 2008 Endrekson also competed in the double sculls event but now with Estonian rowing legend Jüri Jaanson. The duo was third in their preliminary heat. In the semi-finals the men were second and assured themselves a place in the Final A. They finished second in the final just 0,05 seconds in front of the British duo Matthew Wells and Stephen Rowbotham.

World championships[edit]

Endrekson debuted in the World Rowing Championships in 2001 in Lucerne, Switzerland. He competed in the quadruple sculls event with Leonid Gulov, Andrei Šilin and Silver Sonntak. They won the Final B and earned 7th place.

2002 in Seville, Spain he was a member of the qudruple sculls team with Andrei Šilin, Igor Kuzmin and Silver Sonntak. They won the Final B and earned 7th place.

2003 in Milan, Italy Endrekson, Gulov, Šilin and Sonntak were 7th once more.

Endrekson won his first World Championships medal in 2005 in Gifu, Japan in the quadruple sculls event with Andrei Jämsä, Leonid Gulov and Jüri Jaanson when they finished third after Poland and Slovenia.

In the 2006 World Championships held in Eton, Great Britain Endrekson was again in the bronze-winning quadruple sculls team with Jämsä, Kuzmin and Allar Raja. Gold medals went to Poland and silver medals to Ukraine.

In 2007 season Endrekson decided to compete in the double sculls with Jaanson. They won two World Cup events and were third in the World Championships in Munich, Germany, after Slovenia and France.

For the 2009 World Championships held in Poznan, Poland, Endrekson was back in the qudruple sculls team, this time together with Jämsä, Kuzmin and Vladimir Latin. The team finished 10th overall.

Endrekson competed in the 2010 World Championships in the single sculls event finishing 9th overall.

Rowing World Cup[edit]

Overall wins

  • Quadruple sculls: 2005
  • Double sculls: 2007

Orders[edit]

EST Order of the White Star - 2nd Class BAR.png Order of the White Star, 2nd Class: 2009

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