Long-distance swimmer makes history

Long-distance swimmer makes history

Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim the 110 treacherous miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim the 110 treacherous miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Monday afternoon crowds of fans cheered and blew conch shells as the 64-year-old approached the shoreline of Key West with a Coast Guard escort after 53 hours in the water.

This was Nyad's fifth try.  Her tongue and lips were swollen by sun and seawater, and she had abrasions in her mouth from a special silicone mask meant to keep the jellyfish at bay.

The Florida Straits has been conquered only once, by Australian Susie Maroney, who used a protective cage during a 1997 swim.

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