15 October 2019 – Croatia’s world champion rowing brothers, Martin and Valent Sinković, are finalists for the 2019 World Rowing Awards.
The Sinković brothers have been nominated as finalists for the World Rowing Men’s Crew of the Year award. This year, the brothers won their 6th gold medal at a World Championship.
“We are extremely proud of this nomination, it is another confirmation of all the results we are achieving and all the effort we make throughout the year, Valent said, with Martin adding: “I hope we will be selected for the second time in our careers, it is a great honour and wonderful recognition after such a beautiful season. But even if we are not selected, it is a big deal to be nominated among so many top crews:”
The Croatian Men’s Pair are up against fellow finalists Zhiyu Liu and Liang Zhang from China (Men’s Double Sculls), Oliver Zeidler from Germany (Men’s Single Sculls), Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy (Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls) and Dirk Uittenbogaard, Abe Wiersma, Tone Wieten and Koen Metsmakers, from The Netherlands (Men’s Quadruple Sculls).
Following public nomination, the FISA Executive Committee selected the finalists based on the analysis of the expert panels created for each of the awards.
The ceremony will take place at the World Rowing Awards dinner on 22 November 2019 when the winners will be announced. This will be during the World Rowing Coaches Conference in London, Great Britain.
After dominating the double sculls discipline and remaining unbeaten for three years, the brothers did something which is rare in the sport of rowing and announced they would change classes to compete in the coxless pairs. They became the first rowers in history to win World and European Championship gold medals in two disciplines. The brothers won the world’s best male crew award in 2016.