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Matthew Pinsent

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
SexMale
Full nameMatthew Clive•Pinsent
Used nameMatthew•Pinsent
Born10 October 1970 in Holt, Norfolk, England (GBR)
Measurements196 cm / 108 kg
AffiliationsLeander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Title(s)Sir
NOC Great Britain

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 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 Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Rowing GBR Matthew Pinsent
Coxless Pairs, Men (Olympic) Steven Redgrave 1 Gold
1996 Summer Olympics Rowing GBR Matthew Pinsent
Coxless Pairs, Men (Olympic) Steven Redgrave 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Rowing GBR Matthew Pinsent
Coxless Fours, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Rowing GBR Matthew Pinsent
Coxless Fours, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1992 Summer Olympics 30 July 1992 Rowing Coxless Pairs, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 6:31.13 1
1992 Summer Olympics 1 August 1992 Rowing Coxless Pairs, Men Final Round, A Final 6:27.72 1
1996 Summer Olympics 27 July 1996 Rowing Coxless Pairs, Men Final Round, A Final 6:20.09 1
2004 Summer Olympics 18 August 2004 Rowing Coxless Fours, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 5:50.44 1

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Athlete International Olympic Committee 2002—2004 GBR Matthew Pinsent

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2000 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GBR Matthew Pinsent

Special Notes