Valent Sinković

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Valent Sinković
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Valent Sinković in 2012
Personal information
Born (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 31)
Zagreb, SR Croatia,
SFR Yugoslavia

Valent Sinković (born 2 August 1988) is a Croatian rower. He is the older brother of rower Martin 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] Furthermore, Valent has won multiple gold medals at World Championships, as well as at European Championships and has various victories at World Cups in his record. [2]

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


Having followed older brother Matija and younger brother Martin into the sport of rowing as a relatively late starter, after an injury that kept him out of football for a while, Valent Sinković has taken to the water like a natural. [4]

„My older brother Matija saw it on TV and he tried rowing first. Martin joined right after him. I played football at the time, but after a leg injury stopped me playing football, I started rowing as well. When I sat in a boat, I can say it was love at first sight!“ Valent remembers. [5]

From double sculls, to quadruple sculls, to the more recent discipline of coxless pairs, together Valent and Martin Sinković have racked up a hugely impressive array of silverware and accolades. [6]

„It's a typical brotherly relationship. We hang out a lot and spend a lot of time together outside of the boat and we are a big support to each other. We have some kind of a special synergy, sometimes all it takes is one look to know what the other one has on his mind.“ Valent describes the relationship. [7]

Martin and Valent have been racing together internationally since 2008.[3] In 2008 they won silver in the double sculls at the under-23s World Championships.[3]

„It felt really special winning my first medal with my brother. That World Championship was more of a confirmation that someday we could reach the top. We always thought that one day we could fight for the world's brightest medals.“ Valent remembers. [8] "Together we can do everything" he says. [9]

In 2009 they, along with David Šain and Damir Martin, won gold in the quadruple sculls at the under-23 World Championships.[3]

Now he's still just racing with Martin. "Our relationship was great both in the boat and off the water. Over the years we took different paths, but we are still on good terms." Valent reflects on the time when they competed in Quatruple Skulls. [10]

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. [11]

„I must be honest, we were hoping to become World Champions because we won both World Cup regattas we attended, so we were bursting with confidence at the World Rowing Championships. But we weren't thinking about the record that much before the competition. Only before the semifinals did we see that the course was fast and that we could set a new record, but it never crossed our minds that we could go below six minutes. When we saw the monitor it was an amazing moment, we couldn’t believe it. It is a feeling that cannot be put in words!“ Valent remembers. [12]

In 2015, Valent was forced to miss part of the 2015 season with a rib injury, meaning the Sinković brothers missed the European championships.[3] They still managed to win the Men's Double Skulls World Cup in Varese, Italy. [13] "It prevented me from rowing for three weeks, but I was cycling on a daily basis. We didn't skip a lot of practices. I'm only sorry we couldn't row at World Rowing Cup I and at the European Rowing Championships. It took us some more time to get the yellow shirt back." he remembers. [14]

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. 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.

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. [15]

Competition Highlights[edit]

Rowing the final (right boat) of the Quadruple sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


  1. ^ "2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – London, GBR – (M4x) Men's Quadruple Sculls – Final". 3 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Valent Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Valent SINKOVIC -". Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Valent Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Valent SINKOVIC". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Valent Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Valent SINKOVIC". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Valent SINKOVIC". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Valent Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Valent SINKOVIC". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Valent Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Valent SINKOVIC". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Valent Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Valent SINKOVIC". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Valent Sinković". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 August 2019.

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