Another world title for the incredible Croatian brothers Valent and Martin Sinković.
The Sinković brothers have won the 2000 m Men’s Pairs final at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Saturday.
Valent and Martin finished in a time of 6:14:96o, ahead of the Romanian pair came in second place in a time of 6:16:900, whilst French brothers Valentin and Theophile Onfroy took bronze with a time of 6:17:510.
The Croatians, who qualified for the final with a semifinal win in a time of 06:20.490, led from the start of the race and at the halfway stage had a lead of over 3 seconds. In the back end of the race, the Sinković brothers comfortably held onto their lead to win gold.
“We smashed everyone in the first 1000m, and in the second 1000m we only looked where the finish line was. I feel like we could row another race,” Martin said after the historic win.
“It really was beautiful, even easier than we expected. A beautiful feeling, once again world champions, and the first time in the coxless pairs. I hope we can finish first at the Olympics and the next world champs,” Valent added.
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 last year they would change classes to compete in the coxless pairs and have already won a European Championship gold medal.
It is their fifth gold at the world champs but the first in the new discipline and the Croatians became the first rowers in history to achieve that feat.