Olympic Double Sculls champions Martin and Valent Sinkovic are crushing their second season of racing in the pair.
After each trading two oars for one, the Rio 2016 gold winning brothers returned to the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta for the first time since 2011, and won the Silver Goblets and Nickalls Challenge Cup.
Perfect conditions on the River Thames saw the Croatians cross the line in 6:54, breaking the course record by two seconds.
Records are made to be equalled — and then broken
In a race held since 1839, the duo took several legendary rowing names out of the record books.
The record time of 6:56 was previously set by Olympic champions Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent in 1995.
In 2011 the record was matched by three-time Olympic gold medallists Andrew Triggs Hodge and Peter Reed.
Two years later the team known as ”Kiwi Pair”, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, clocked the same record equalling time.
Croatia's Winning Weekend
The 28 and 29-year-old also celebrated Croatia’s football success in the Football World Cup.
Their fellow countrymen defeated hosts Russia in a 4-3 in penalty shoot out to book a spot in the semi-final against England.
The duo celebrated their win on English water with the words of England’s 1996 song – ‘Three Lions’, which has gone viral with England making it this far for the first time in 28 years.
With New Zealand’s all-conquering Eric Murray and Hamish Bond now retired from the pairs, the brothers have an opening.
The Rio 2016 gold medallists won their first event in their new discipline at the 2018 Rowing World rowing Cup in Belgrade on June 3rd.
This record is a clear sign of their Tokyo 2020 ambitions.
“I think we will stick with this to Tokyo. We enjoy it. It’s different, and we really enjoy doing something different.” – Martin Sinkovic to www.row2k.com
The third and final World Cup event for 2018 is in Lucerne (13-15 July), followed by the 2018 European Rowing Championships in Glasgow (2-5 August).
The pinnacle event of the year is the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv (9-16 September).