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(H) Veljko Rogosic, Croatian symbol of endurance, made history
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  10/1/2005 | Sports | Unrated
(H) Veljko Rogosic, Croatian symbol of endurance, made history

Veljko Rogosic was named International Long Distance Swimming Federation World Champion four times between 1971 and 1974.

Veljko Rogosic (photo from

In 1992 this outstanding sportsman entered the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Florida, USA. He was participant of the Homeland War during Greater-Serbian aggression on Croatia. Recipient of the Medal of Homeland War from president Franjo Tudjman. His motto and message to young people is


  • Rogosic swam La Manche (45 km) in 2004 at the age of 63! For this he needed 11 hours and 27 minutes. His name was written in the 'Gold book of La Manche' as the first Croatian and the oldest man to do so.
  • In the summer 2005 he swam almost 1,000 km along Croatian coast (from Savudrija to Rt Ostro in Konavle) in less than two months, at the age of 64! Also, this is the ultra-marathon swimming world record (880 km in 222 hours, in 57 etapes in less than 58 days).


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