European, World and Olympic Champion rowers Martin and Valent Sinković have been named the 2016 World Rowing Male Crew of the Year by the World Rowing Federation (FISA) on Friday.
The unbeatable Croatian men’s double sculls team won the award after a fantastic year which saw them remain unbeaten and win Olympic Gold in Rio.
‘When the Sinkovic brothers moved out of their nation’s winning men’s quadruple sculls and into the double, they experienced instant success. In 2014 Martin and Valent began an unbroken winning streak that saw them become the first double ever to finish in under six minutes. They won back-to-back World Championship titles and then capped it off in 2016 with gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The duo is admired throughout the rowing world for their synchronous technique’, said World Rowing.
The brothers were understandably happy to hear the news today of the award.
“We have won a lot of medals and awards in our career, but this is special to us as it is voted by the fans, public and media. This will motivate us to be just as good in our new chosen discipline”, the brothers said.
After dominating the double skulls discipline by remaining unbeaten for three years, the brothers are to change disciplines and will ditch the sculls to race in the Coxless pairs.
Check out all the 2016 World Award winners HERE.
The award winners will be honoured on 28 January 2017 at a gala dinner during the 2016 World Rowing Coaches Conference in Vancouver, Canada.