Atina Bojadži Vidikovic (Macedonian: Атина Бојаџи, born 13 March 1944, died 28 December 2010) was an open water swimmer from Macedonian Yugoslavia who became an Honorary Citizen of Karpos Municipality. Her parents were of Albanian descent; she died in Macedonia at the age of 66.
Open Water Swimming Career
- She won the 1962 30 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon in Macedonia at the age of 18.
- On 15 July 1962, 11 July 1965, 16 July 1967, and 13 July 1969 she retired from the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy.
- On 14 July 1963, she was the 1st woman and th overall at the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 10 hours 46 minutes 19 seconds.
- On 17 July 1966, she was the 2nd woman and 9th overall at the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 11 hours 53 minutes 21 seconds.
- On 14 July 1968, she was the 2nd woman and 12th overall at the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 10 hours 20 minutes 7 seconds.
- She crossed the English Channel in 1969 in 13 hours 20 minutes from France to England, being the first woman from Yugoslavia to do so.
- She was nicknamed the Ohrid Dolphin after her lakeside hometown on Lake Ohrid.
- She won several national and international swimming races.
- Her swim across the English Channel inspired a movie about her life (Stand Up Straight, Delfina or Ispravi se, Delfina, (original title in Serbian), Hungarian TV title was Húzd ki magad, Delfina!. It was released in Yugoslavia on 28 June 1977 and premiered on television in Hungary on 21 November 1984. The 1 hour 31 minute movie tells the story of a Macedonian girl trying to swim the English Channel. During the ordeal, she remembers her troubled past.
- Her native Macedonia honored her after the country declared independence in 1991.
- She won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Swimming Federation of Macedonia and the Krste Petkov Misirkov Award.
- In 1998, the Macedonian Olympic Committee awarded her the "Great Macedonian Sportsman" award
- In 2000, the daily newspaper Utrinski Vesnik declared her the Athlete of the Century.
- In her honor, the sports complex at Biljanini Izvori in Ohrid is named after her.
Nekolku nijansi zenski prikazni - Atina Bojadzi
- Stand Up Straight, Delfina
- Stand Up Straight, Delfina on IMDb
- Swimming Straight In The Water, Standing Up Tall In Life
- Atina Bojadži, The Ohrid Dolphin
- Macedonian swimming great Bojadzi dies at 66
- Atina Bojadži film
- The World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation
- International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame Origins
- World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation History
- Open Water Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- WPMSF Led To IMSHOF
- World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation
- Marathon Swimming
- World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation website