Nyad Makes Historic Swim

Posted by Louis Wery on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 at 2:31pm.


Diana Nyad successfully swam nonstop from Cuba to Florida on her fifth try. The long-distance swimmer began her endurance water event at 9am August 31, 2013 and finished just before 2pm September 2. She crossed the Florida Straits without a shark cage or  flippers.

The 64-year-old athlete broke the record for the longest ocean swim without a shark cage or flippers.. She swam the 110.36 miles total distance in about 53 hours, according to her website. She was 28 years old when she made her first attempt in 1978 to swim the Florida Straits. Thirty five years later, she did it!

Nyad trained on Anna Maria Island near Sarasota for her 2010 Cuba-Florida effort.

She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003.

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