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Matthew Pinsent
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Born in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
Born on 10th of October 1970

Matthew Pinsent can claim, along with his long time rowing partner, Steven Redgrave, to be one of the most successful British sports personalities ever. His four Olympic gold medals, won at four consecutive games, represents one of the greatest Olympic achievements that can be claimed by a British athlete or indeed any athlete in the world, only five athletes have ever achieved this prior to Beijing 2008.

Two of these gold medals were won in the Coxless Pairs (1992 and 1996 with Steven Redgrave) and two these were in the Coxless Fours (2000 and 2004, with the 2000 team also including Steven Redgrave). In the World Championships however, he has managed to go one better than Redgrave, with 10 Gold Medals as opposed to Redgrave's nine. Pinsent's 10 World Championship titles is an all-time record. In addition to this success he has won gold at World Junior Championships and rowed for Oxford in The Boat Race on three occasions, being in the winning boat twice.

Pinsent was awarded the MBE in 1993 and this was then upgraded to a CBE in 2000. After retiring from rowing in November 2004 and was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year's Honours on December 31st 2004.

In October 2002 he married his wife Demetra and the couple enjoyed their honeymoon in New Zealand and Fiji. He wrote a book entitled 'A Lifetime in a Race' which was first published in September 2004.

Pinsent, like many other successful sports stars, then moved into the world of broadcasting and has recently worked on the BBC series 'Inside Sport' where he interviewed Dwayne Chambers, the controversial sprinter. He was part of the BBC team for the Beijing Olympics of 2008.

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http://www.matthewpinsent.com/ official web site

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