US WOMAN, 64, COMPLETES CUBA-US SWIM

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MIAMI: Diana Nyad swam into the history books on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), completing a marathon three-day crossing from Cuba to Florida to become the first person to do so without a protective shark cage. The 64-year-old American, who left a Havana yacht club early Saturday, arrived on a Key West beach to realize her lifetime quest after four previous attempts failed amid stormy weather and jellyfish attacks. Initially, the veteran swimmer had hoped to complete the treacherous 160-kilometer trek in 80 hours. But in the end, she did it in 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds, according to her Facebook page.

AFP

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