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Duje Draganja (born February 27, 1983 in Splitmarker) is currently the best swimmer from Croatiamarker.

He's best result is silver medal in the men's 50 meter freestyle at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athensmarker, Greecemarker.

Draganja won a silver medal in 2005 World Aquatics Championships held in Montrealmarker in 50 m freestyle. He has 4 medals from World Short Course Swimming Championships. In 2006 and 2008 he won a gold medal in 50 meter freestyle. Also he has bronze medal in 100 m freestyle (2008) and bronze medal in 50 m butterfly (2006).

Draganja is also a former NCAA record holder in the 100 yard freestyle, with a time of 41.49, set in 2005, while he swam for the University of California, Berkeleymarker. He, like many other world-class, non-American swimmers, chose to spend 4 years training and competing at an American university. During his four years with Cal, Duje won 10 PAC-10 swimming titles, and eight NCAA National championships. While at Cal, he trained with the world-renown sprinting coach Mike Bottom. Now he trains in Zagreb with swimming club Dubrava.

Personal bests

Long course

  • 50 meters freestyle - 21.85 NR (Beijing, August 15, 2008)
  • 100 meters freestyle - 48.81 NR (Eindhovenmarker, March 21, 2008)
  • 50 meters butterfly - 23.62 NR (Budapestmarker, August 1, 2006)
  • 100 meters butterfly - 52.46 NR (Athensmarker, August 20, 2004)


Short course

  • 50 meters freestyle - 20.81 WR (Manchestermarker, April 11, 2008)
  • 100 meters freestyle - 46.64 NR (March 2004)
  • 100 meters butterfly - 51.19 NR (Debrecenmarker, December 13, 2007)
  • 100 metres medley - 54.01 NR (┼áibenikmarker, December 2005)


Trivia

  • Name is pronounced "DOO-ye DRAHG-ahn-ya". In an interview while he attended Cal, Draganja said that people tell him his name "DOO-ie" is "the dumbest name you want to have".


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