Vojislav Mijic

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Swimmer and Race Director Extraordinaire
Vojislav Mijić, World Record Holder
Vojislav Mijić, Sabac Swim Marathon Race Director
Vojislav Mijić is one of the world's most passionate open water swimming race directors and marathon swimmers and 2-time member of the 24-hour club. Born in 1953 in Šabac, Serbia, Mijić worked for three decades as a chemical engineer in his home town before turning his talents to organizing the Sabac Swim Marathon (Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac), a race on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix pro circuit, and the annual Epiphany Swimming for the Holy Cross of Honour, an Epiphany swimming event of 33 meters in the Old City Beach on 19 January in his native Šabac, Serbia.

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Honours

Vojislav Mijić was selected as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 and was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year. He was also named one of the 101 Movers And Shakers In The Open Water Swimming World by the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.

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Mijić learned how to swim in the River Sava where the Šabac Swim Marathon takes place. He won the Sabac Swim Marathon himself in 1978 and has done hundreds of open water swims in Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Argentina, U.S.A. (from Hawaii to New Jersey), Yugoslavia, Italy, Brazil, Czech Republic, Brazil, the Netherlands, Egypt, Syria and Greece.

As the founder and first president of the Committee for Marathon and Long Distance Swimming in the Republic of Serbia, Mijić often promotes marathon swimming all over Europe. In his native tongue, his nickname can be translated into English as "the man who swims better than he walks." With three swims recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, the nickname is appropriate.

He is an accomplished marathon swimmer himself having captured a bronze medal at the 1986 World Marathon Swimming Championships in the 33 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli race in Italy. "In Serbia, we now have 15 marathon swims per year. When I first started swimming marathons back in 1973, people told me that I was a very crazy man. But now, everything has changed. Marathon swimming is now in the Olympics. I am deeply satisfied in my heart."

His legacy as an open water swimmer and a race director is well-established and led to a nomination for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Awards and Honors

International Swims

Šabac Swim Marathon

Epiphany Swimming for the Holy Cross of Honour

Guinness Book of World Records

1. River Sava, 1992, 139 km in 36 hours 30 minutes
2. River Danube, 1993, 165 km in 23 hours 57 minutes
3. River Danube, 1994, 175 km, 28 hours 12 minutes

Solo Swim

River Sava, Sabac-Belgrade, 1988, 139 km in 22 hours 30 minutes

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