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Matthew Pinsent

Full name: Matthew Clive Pinsent
Gender: Male
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
Weight: 238 lbs (108 kg)
Born: October 10, 1970 in Holt, Norfolk, Great Britain
Title: Sir
Affiliations: Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

Matthew Pinsent graduated from St. Catherine’s College at Oxford, where he captained the Oxford Rowing Club and led the Oxford eight to victories in 1990 and 1991 over Cambridge. Since that time, he has not failed to be at the top stage of international rowing, partnering Stephen Redgrave through much of his career, primarily in the coxless pairs, though later in the coxless fours. Beginning in 1991, Pinsent and Redgrave won an Olympic gold medal or a World Championships gold medal at every edition through Redgrave’s retirement after the 2000 Olympic Games. Pinsent then began rowing with James Cracknell. Pinsent and Cracknell formed an unbeatable pair winning the world title in 2001 and 2002 in coxless pairs and in 2001 in the coxed pairs. Pinsent has won Olympic gold medals at the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics – coxless pairs in 1992 and 1996 with Redgrave, and coxless fours in 2000 and 2004, with Redgrave and Cracknell (Tim Foster in 2000 and Ed Goode in 2004 rounded out the four). His record of four Olympic rowing gold medals is surpassed only by Redgrave and Elisabeta Lipa-Oleniuc, both with five. Pinsent also claims 14 championships at the Henley Royal Regatta, all in the coxless pairs or fours, failing to win since 1990 only in 1992. Pinsent retired from competitive rowing after the 2004 season, and Sir Matthew Pinsent was knighted shortly thereafter.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2004 Summer 33 Athina Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Rowing Great Britain GBR Steven Redgrave Final 6:27.72
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Rowing Great Britain GBR Steven Redgrave Semi-Finals Heat One 6:31.13
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Rowing Great Britain GBR Steven Redgrave Round One Heat Three 6:36.53
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Rowing Great Britain GBR Steven Redgrave Final 6:20.09
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Rowing Great Britain GBR Steven Redgrave Semi-Finals Heat Two 6:50.30
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Rowing Great Britain GBR Steven Redgrave Round One Heat Two 6:50.04

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 5:56.24
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 6:02.28
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:01.58
2004 Summer 33 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 6:06.98
2004 Summer 33 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 5:50.44
2004 Summer 33 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 6:20.85