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Vicko Soljan

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Vicko Šoljan receiving the Medal from Croatian President Stjepan Mesić "Order of Croatian Trefoil", 2009
Vicko Šoljan receiving the "Excellence in Sport" trophy of the International Olympic Committee, 2003
Vicko Šoljan receiving the National Sports award "Franjo Bučar" for Lifetime Achievement from Dragan Primorac, Minister of Science, Education and Sports, 2005

Vicko Šoljan (born 22 July 1934 in Stari Grad) of Yugoslavia and Croatia was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007 as an Honour Administrator.

Šoljan founded the Croatian Long Distance Swimming Federation in 2001 and has organized the Croatian International Long Distance Swimming Championships (the 16K Faros Maratón) in Stari Grad Bay from 1976. Šoljan also founded the First LEN Long Distance Swimming Championships 1989 in Stari Grad with 5K and 25K distances.

As Selector, Šoljan guided Yugoslav and Croatian National Teams to 11 European Championships and 10 World Championships.

In over 60 years, Vicko Šoljan has been a swimming, water polo and long distance swimming promoter. From FINA, the IOC, LEN, his Nation and his Community and 57 countries worldwide he has received over 300 important awards. Thanks to him Stari Grad has become recognized as a world center for open water swimming.

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