Atina Bojadži

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Atina Bojadži
Born (1944-03-13)13 March 1944
Ohrid, SFR Yugoslavia
Died 28 December 2010(2010-12-28) (aged 66)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Atina Bojadži (Macedonian: Атина Бојаџи) (13 March 1944 – 28 December 2010) was a Macedonian marathon swimmer who became one of Macedonia's most popular athletes after successfully crossing the English Channel in 1969.

Nicknamed the "Ohrid Dolphin" after her lakeside hometown, Bojadzi won several national and international long-distance swimming races. She became the first woman from former Yugoslavia to swim across the English Channel in 1969. The achievement inspired a 1977 movie about her life and earned her sporting honors in her native Macedonia after it declared independence in 1991.[1]

Bojadži died in her home country of Macedonia on 28 December 2010, aged 66.

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