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Djan Madruga

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Djan Madruga is a three-time Olympic swimmer from Brazil who participates in open water swims as a masters swimmer and who owns and operates the Djan Madruga Swim Club (Sistema Djan Madruga).

Madruga received a Masters degree in Physical Education from Indiana University who won a bronze medal in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and was a 2-time finalist in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. He won 6 medals at the 1979 Pan American Games and 11 total over three Pan American Games. He also won a U.S. Open Championship, the World University Games , the FINA World Cup swimming competitions many times. He completed the Ironman triathlon in 1984 and has won 12 world masters swimming championships and set 3 world records in 2005.

He also participated in the successful campaign to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. He assisted in the planning and presentations made in Switzerland and Turkey to principals and delegates of the International Olympic Committee .


"Swimming is my life. After the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics, I did some triathlons and the Ironman and kept doing masters swimming to stay in shape and have fun. I do a lot of open water swims and have done masters swimming since 1990 [winning the 400- and 800-meter freestyle and the 200- and 400-meter IMs at the Perth Masters World Championships]. I try to get in 4 km four times per week."

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