Diana Nyad ends 166-kilometer swim from Cuba to Florida on halfway due to pain

By on Aug 9, 2011 in Amazing, Lifestyle, North America, United States Comments

Updated: September 26, 2011 11:40 a.m.

Read Diana Nyad ends third swim attempt from Cuba to Florida after over 40 hours of swimming and Man-of-War stings



Diana Nyad file photo
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American swimmer Diana Nyad ended her 166-kilometer (103 miles) swim on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 due to severe pain, which was supposed to be swimming from Cuba to Florida.

According to CNN which covered her journey right from the start, Diana Nyad was forced to end her “Xtreme Dream” swim journey at 12:45 a.m. (ET) that day, which was supposed to be a 60-hours swim.

“I am not sad. It was absolutely the right call,” Nyad said on the report, as she went into vomiting, and experienced shoulder pain and ocean swells after swimming for about 29 hours since Sunday.

As earlier reported, the 61-year old swimmer jumped into the waters Marina Hemingway in Havana at 7:45 p.m. (ET) on Sunday and an attempt to be the first person to swim from Cuba and Florida without shark cage.

Apparently, this is her second attempt after she failed in 1979 although it set world record for the farthest distance record for non-stop swimming without a wetsuit.

Nyad, who will turn 62 this coming August 22, planned to do it again in 2010 but bad weather did not allow her that time. She reportedly trained for 2 years with 12 hours a day for her recent attempt.



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