Veljko Rogošić or Veljku Rogošiću (21 July 1941 in Kaštel Lukšić, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia - 7 August 2012 at the age of 71) was a 2-time Olympic pool swimmer for Yugoslavia and a world champion marathon swimmer who is member of the Half Century Club due to his crossing of the English Channel at the age of 63 in 11 hours 27 minutes in 2004 and a member of the 24-hour Club due to his 171 km (106.2 mile) 50 hour 10 minute swim across the Adriatic Sea from Grado, Croatia to Riccione, Italy in 2006.
An Honour Swimmer inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1998 and a shipyard technician by trade, Rogošić nearly always found himself near the water. He set a benchmark for pool and marathon swimming among his countrymen during a life dedicated to swimming.
In 2005, he walked along the Croatian coast from north to south for about 1,000 km at the age of 67.
Pool Swimming Career
He began as a great pool swimmer for the former Yugoslavia where he won 142 national championships, set more than 50 Yugoslav records, and competed a total of 203 times for his country in international competitions, setting 51 national records in the 400m and 1500m freestyle, 200m and 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly and freestyle relays. He was the captain of the national team for 15 years and participated in two Olympic Games (1960 in Rome and 1964 in Tokyo). His highest international rankings were in the 1500m freestyle (fourth) and 400m individual medley (fifth).
Rogošić won a World Cup Championship in the 200m butterfly in 1971 and received three Olympic Committee awards during his career.
Marathon Swimming Career
- He won the 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973 marathons in Italian Ricconeu.
- He won the world championship in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 at the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli.
- He was the first winner of the Faros Maratón 1976.
- He finished second to John Kinsella in the 1974 Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada in 8 hours 6 minutes.
- He finished third overall in the 1975 and 1876 Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 8:53:57 and 8:46:43 respectively.
- In 1975, he was the first person to complete a 54 km crossing from the Adriatic island of Vis to Split, Croatia.
- In 2004, he became a member of the Half Century Club for his crossing of the English Channel at the age of 63 in 11 hours 27 minutes - the first by a Croatian swimmer.
- According to the Guinness World Records, Rogošić completed the Adriatic Swimming Marathon while setting the world record for the longest distance ever swum without fins or a wetsuit in the sea with his 225 km (139.8 mile) 50 hour 10 minute swim across the Adriatic Sea from Grado to Riccione in Italy between from 29-31 August 2006. The distance was measured by GPS. Note: The distance of Veljko Rogošić's swim of 139.8 statute miles (225 km) in the Adriatic Sea in 2006 appears to be only a straight-line tangent distance of 121 statute miles (194.7 km) on Google Maps. However, information on the exact GPS coordinates of the starting and finishing positions are not known and were not reported. It is estimated the minimum distance swum is 171 km.
- After serving as an ambassador of the sport, he continued to be honored for his efforts and exploits.
Veljko Rogošić in the Adriatic Sea
Video of Veljko Rogošić in Capri-Napoli
Start in Lido Ondine – Marina Grande, finish in Piazza Vittoria, Veljko Rogošić beat 32 swimmers in 7:43:51.
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