Peruća Lake: A Peaceful Oasis and Training Ground for Rowing Champions

Peruća Lake: A Peaceful Oasis and Training Ground for Rowing Champions

Inside the maze that is the Dalmatian hinterland, where the powerful emerald river Cetina rushes like there is no tomorrow, lies a place where you can hear nature’s symphony. Peruća Lake is a hidden gem of Croatia, voted one of the 20 most beautiful lakes in Europe. Visitors come here to enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, to discover different bike trails, and swim in the warm water. But in addition to the spectacular nature, Peruća is also known as the place of origin of Croatian medals in rowing. Countless practice runs on the calm surface of the lake helped the Sinković brothers and Damir Martin win numerous trophies at the world’s biggest regattas, world and European championships, and Olympic Games.

Sinkovic Peruca
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The Sinković brothers, born and raised in Zagreb, were voted the best male crew in 2019 by the International Rowing Federation. Over the course of their careers, they won two Olympic medals, eight World Championship medals, and five European Championship medals in three different disciplines. Out of the 15 medals they have won so far, they are especially proud of their ten gold ones. Martin and Valent Sinković fell in love with this elegant and difficult sport as teenagers, and already began winning awards as juniors at high-level competitions. Valent won silver at the 2006 World Championship, and Martin won bronze a year after that. Beginning from 2009, the two brothers were members of a quadruple scull called “CRO Express” together with Damir Martin and David Šain. The group went on to win many awards, including a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and two WC gold medals.

Sinkovic Peruca
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The Sinković brothers decided to switch to another discipline in 2014, but continued their winning streak. Right off the bat, they won a World Championship gold in double sculls and became the first rowers to finish a two-kilometre stage in under six minutes. From 2014 to 2016, the duo dominated the double scull discipline. After winning a gold medal at the 2015 World Championship and two more gold medals at the 2016 European Championship and Olympic Games, the Sinković brothers decided to change their discipline for the third time. The success of the coxless pair wearing checkers continued as they made world rowing history. So far, they have won five medals (two gold and a silver one at the WC and two gold ones at the EC).

 

The third member of the “London four” also went on to have a successful career in the single sculls. Damir Martin, who originally hails from the town of Vukovar, has won gold and silver at world championships and was the protagonist of one of the most intense rowing “thrillers” in history. During the final race at the Rio Olympics, he finished neck and neck with the New Zealander Mahé Drysdale. A photo finish decided the winner, costing Martin the gold medal, which he lost by a measly 0.005 seconds.

 

Croatian rowers – powered by Peruća.