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Croatia’s Sinković brothers become European champions for 6th time

Croatia’s Sinković brothers overall World Cup winners

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The Sinković brothers have won their sixth European Championship rowing title on Sunday in Germany.  

The Croatians crossed the finish line first in the doubles final with a time of 6:35.93. 

Spaniards Aleix Garcia Pujolar and Rodrigo Conde Romen finished second (6:38.46), whilst Lithuanians Armandas Kelmelis and Dovydas Nemeravicius (6:42.11) took third place.

“We are overjoyed with the European title! It was as difficult as we expected. The Spaniards were excellent opponents, they even surprised us, they started stronger than we thought. But we felt good in the boat, we had a good technique, a great rhythm, so we decided to continue rowing at our pace, and for the second 1000 meters we could do what we could. In the end, it turned out to be a good and profitable decision. The Spaniards faltered a little in the last 1000 meters, although we know they have a good finish, so we shouldn’t have relaxed,”  said Valent Sinković.

“We are overjoyed! After six years, the doubles title in pairs in our old and favourite discipline! Now we have three days of rest and after that we will prepare for the World Cup. We hope that we will not have any more injuries, that we will complete these preparations 100% and that we will be even better at the World Championship,”  added Martin Sinković.

“The preparations for the European Championship were not ideal as far as injuries are concerned, and we were not completely satisfied with the technical details. But we must always do our best and in the most difficult moments get the most out of it, so when someone beats us we will still be happy because we did our best. Now we are looking forward to the preparations and we will try to be in even better shape and even stronger for the World Cup because we will need it!, concluded Valent Sinković.

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