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 Yugoslav marathon swimmer who crossed the English Channel in 1969, being the first person from Yugoslavia to do so. Nicknamed the "Ohrid Dolphin" after her lakeside hometown, Bojadži 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]