Date Born/Est
1990
Date Died/Ceased
1996
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Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent first rowed together in a coxless pair in the summer of 1990, winning a bronze medal in the world championships in Tasmania in November. With J├╝rgen Grobler, the former chief coach of East Germany installed as their coach at Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames, they won the world championships in Vienna in the following year. This was Redgrave's third world gold and Pinsent's first.
Defeat by the brothers Jonny and Greg Searle at spring trials and by a Slovenian crew at Essen regatta in 1992 revealed that Redgrave was suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. However, recovery led to a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games, Redgrave's third and Pinsent's first. The pair then set out to win every race to the next Olympic final. This they achieved in style, winning 59 important races without defeat, culminating in another Olympic gold in Atlanta.
On the way to Atlanta they won three further world titles, three Lucerne titles and three Henley titles. They set the world's fastest time for 2000 metres in a coxless pair in 1994 in Lucerne (6:18.37), the fastest time for the Goblets in 1995 (6 minutes 44 seconds for 1 mile 550 yards), and the fastest time for the Olympic Games in 1996 (6:20.09).

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