Diana Nyad Makes Historic Swim From Cuba to Florida, Without a Shark Cage, in Roughly 53 Hours

On her fifth attempt and a whopping 35 years since her first try, long distance swimmer Diana Nyad completed a historic swim from Havana to Key West, amazingly swimming all 110 miles without a shark cage, in turn becoming the first person in history to do so.

The 64-year-old Nyad arrived ashore early Monday afternoon in Key West roughly 53 hours after beginning the swim on Saturday morning. Upon arrival, she¬†said to reporters, “I’m beaming with pride.” Nayad was put on a stretcher to receive medical treatment and taken to a hospital for further evaluation while a crowd of fans cheered her on.

In a word, insane. This woman is 64-years-old. But don’t expect an abundance of celebration over Nayad’s impressive feat. It’s not like she threw down a thunderous dunk over anyone during the 53-hour swim. Perhaps tossing in a pool basketball hoop at the very end of the last mile could’ve served as the final nugget needed to send this story into true highlight-heaving orbit. Maybe next time.

Nyad’s first attempt at the swim came in 1978. She made three more attempts in 2011 and 2012.

[via CBS News, NBC News]

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