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Swimmer Diana Nyad ’steady’ in Cuba-Florida record attempt

Monday, August 20, 2012    

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HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead through the Straits of Florida with renewed vigour yesterday in pursuit of a record 103-mile unassisted open-water swim without the aid of a shark cage.

The 62-year-old Los Angeles woman was said to be comfortable, confident and steady at around 50 strokes per minute after a harrowing night of painful jellyfish encounters — despite a new-and-improved bodysuit she hoped would offer better protection.

Nyad was stung four times during the night on the neck, lips, hand and forehead, according to members of her 50-member crew who updated fans through social media.

"Today is more like swimming," one member quoted her as saying, via Twitter. "I don't know what you would call last night; probably surviving."

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