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

By on Sep 26, 2011 in Amazing, Lifestyle, North America, United States Comments

Updated: August 21, 2012 10:45 p.m.

Read Diana Nyad ends 4th swim attempt from Cuba to Florida due to jellyfish and storm; breaks previous records

American swimmer Diana Nyad ended her swim attempt from Cuba to Florida dubbed as ‘Xtreme Dream‘ on Sunday morning, after more than 40 hours of swimming and Man-of-War stings.



Diana Nyad, during her third attempt to swim
from Cuba to Florida

Image Credit: Franklin Reyes/AP

As reported at DianaNyad.com on Sunday, September 25, 2011, Diana Nyad stopped at around 11am (local time) that day that ended her third attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida, 103 miles apart.

“The medical team said I should not go another two nights in the water and risk additional likely Man-of-War stings which could have a long term cumulative effect on my body.” Diana Nyad reportedly said.

“But for each of us, isn’t life about determining your own finish line? This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.” Nyad added.

As noted by International Swim Federation independent observer Steve Munatones, Nyad swam more 92.2 statute miles, 82.0 nautical miles and enduring two Portuguese Man-of-War stings.

Apparently, 92.2 statute miles is about 148 kilometers or more than two-thirds of Nyad’s target swim route which is 165 kilometers (103 miles).

Nyad, who turned 62 last August 22, made her second swim attempt from Cuba to Florida without shark cage early last month but ended due to severe pain and ocean swells after swimming for about 29 hours.

Back in 1978, Diana Nyad made her first swim attempt from Cuba to Florida but withdrew due to the bad weather, as the tough athlete aims to be the first person to achieve it.



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