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Nyad says she was more prepared for jellyfish

September 3, 2013
Associated Press

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — After four unsuccessful attempts, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad says she was better-prepared for jellyfish this time as she became the first swimmer to go from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

The 64-year-old waded ashore Monday in Key West after swimming 110 miles.

Nyad told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that, unlike in previous attempts, she had a jellyfish expert with her as she made the swim. She also had a mask that — while making it harder to breathe — protected her from jellyfish stings that helped end previous attempts to make the swim.

Nyad told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she swam faster in her 20's, but her endurance has grown in her 60s.

 
 

 

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