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Croatian rower

Valent Sinković

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Valent Sinković in 2012

Nationality Croatian
Born (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 34)
Zagreb, SR Croatia,
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Country Croatia
Sport Rowing
Event(s) Coxless pair, Double sculls, Quadruple sculls

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][2]

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

Sinković followed his brothers, Matija and Martin, into rowing after injury stopped him playing football.[3] 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] In 2009 they, along with David Šain and Damir Martin, won gold in the quadruple sculls at the under-23 World Championships.[3]

Valent was forced to miss part of the 2015 season with a rib injury, meaning the Sinković brothers missed the European championships.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Valent played multiple sports before transitioning fully to rowing. He first began practicing gymnastics at age three. This was soon followed by a brief time in the youth setup of HAVK Mladost, a waterpolo club based in Zagreb. He furthermore spent six years playing as a full-back in the youth setups of NK Zagreb, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac and NK Lokomotiva. Valent began training rowing at age 12, together with his brothers Martin and Matija, after their mother signed them up for rowing classes.[4]

In 2017 Valent Sinković was married to his partner Antonela, a law student.[5]

Rowing career[edit]

European championships[edit]

Valent first took part in the European championships in their fourth iteration, held in 2010, with his brothers Martin, as well as with David Šain and Damir Martin in the quadruple sculls category. After the 3/4 of the race was rowed, at 1500 meters, they held the fourth position. Over the course of the next 500 meters, they overtook the German and Ukrainian teams, finishing a second behind the Polish team.[6]

They further took part in the 2012 European Rowing Championships as well, likewise competing in the quadruple sculls category. They held the leading position throughout the race, with 2.21 seconds ahead of the second placed team at 1500 meters, and went finished the race 0.92 seconds ahead of the second placed team. The winning time was 6:14.25.[7]

Together with his brother, he competed in the double sculls category during the 2016 European Rowing Championships. They dominated the final race, holding the leading position from the start, with a 2 second lead after 500 meters, and finishing with a 3.68 second lead. Their winning time was 6:56.52.[8]

In the 2018 European Rowing Championships, Valent competed with his brother Martin in the coxless pair category. They were second best for the first three quarters of the race, before taking over in the last 500 meters and finishing first, with a time of 6:26.42.[9] The two brothers continued competing in the coxless pair in the 2019 European Rowing Championships as well, holding the leading position throughout the race, and finishing first with a time of 6:22.46.[10] He and his brother competed in the coxless pair once again during the 2020 European Rowing Championships, finishing in the second place, behind the Romanian Tudosa/Cozmiuc pair.[11]

Olympic games[edit]

Together with David Šain, Damir Martin and his brother, he participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics, in the quadruple sculls. The team had no issue qualifying to the final race, coming into it as favorites. However, the German representatives would hold almost a boat lengths lead in the final race, with the Croatian team just barely winning the silver medal, as the Australians finished close behind.[12]

He would change disciplines during the 2016 Summer Olympics, competing in the double sculls, together with his brother. In the final race of the event, the brothers held a narrow lead over the Lithuanian representatives, who overtook them by the 1500 meter mark. They would in turn overtake the Lithuanian team in the final 500 meters of the race, finishing the race first with a time of 6:50.28,

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