RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Croatian brothers Martin and Valent Sinkovic secured a gold medal in the men’s double sculls final in the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday, in a tough duel that saw them battling Lithuania’s boat neck-and-neck for much of the race.
After taking an early lead and holding Lithuania’s Mindaugas Griskonis and Saulius Ritter to the second-place spot through the 1000-meter mark, Croatia slipped back into second place in the third-quarter.
Lithuanian fans in the stands at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon cheered wildly as the two boats battled for gold through the final half of the race.
Ultimately, Croatia won in a time of 6:50.28, Lithuania claimed silver in 6:51.39 and Norway took bronze.
(This version of the story corrects silver medal winner to Lithuania in paragraph four).
Reporting by Angus MacSwan and Amy Tennery, editing by Susanna Twidale