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Victory! Diana Nyad completes record-breaking Cuba-to-Florida swim (+video)

Diana Nyad completed her swim from Havanna to Key West Monday afternoon, after swimming about 110 miles in 53 hours. One other person has swum the distance, but with the help of a shark cage that sped her through the journey in 25 hours.

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A 64-year-old American long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, completed a 35-year-long quest to cross the Florida Straits on Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba without a shark cage.

Nyad came ashore in Key West about 53 hours after she set off from Havana, completing the estimated 110-mile journey to the Florida Keys.

Nyad was making her fifth attempt in 35 years to make the crossing. She set a record for the longest ocean swim without a shark cage or flippers, according to her crew.

 
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