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Sir Matthew Pinsent MBE is an rower and broadcaster. During his rowing career, Matthew won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave. Since retiring, he has worked as a sports broadcaster with the BBC.
Pinsent started rowing at Eton College, and began his international career at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 1987. He raced again in 1988, winning the junior coxless pairs with Tim Foster. In 1990, while still at Oxford, he joined Steve Redgrave in the coxless pair at the World Rowing Championships – winning bronze. This was the beginning of a long partnership, and the pair won at the World Championships in 1991, and at the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996.
In 2000, Matthew Pinsent won Olympic gold again as part of a coxless four with Redgrave, James Cracknell and Tim Foster. Pinsent and Cracknell then formed a men’s coxless pair and won the coxless and coxed pairs in the 2001 World Championships, and the coxless pair in 2002.
He announced his retirement from rowing on 30 November 2004, and was knighted on 31st December 2004. He had already been appointed an OBE in 1993, which was raised to a CBE in 2001. Matthew Pinsent was also awarded the Thomas Keller Medal by the International Rowing Federation in 2005. Since retiring from rowing, Pinsent has worked as a sports bulletin presenter and reporter for the BBC.
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