Monday, swimmer Diana Nyad is in the middle of a record breaking swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida and is expected to arrive in Key West by as early as 2 p.m., according to CNN. This is the fifth attempt made by Diana Nyad and she has been trying to complete this swim for over 35 years. Diana Nyad, 64, is attempting to make the 103 mile swim and has less than 6 miles to go. This is the closest she has ever been to achieving her goal. See the video to the left.
The only swimmer ever to have made this trek was Australian Susie Maroney, 22, who used a shark cage. Diana Nyad is making the swim without a shark cage and without a wet suit.
So far, other than a swollen tongue and lips Diana Nyad isn’t showing any symptoms of the long swim. Her trainer said that her swollen tongue it is due to the salt water and it has made it difficult for her to eat anything. They have been giving her electrolytes so that she can still get some calories in her.
Diana Nyad's trainer also said that her swim stroke is the same as when she left Cuba on Saturday morning. Her support team of five people are traveling in a boat beside her and they said that they fed her a few hours ago and they said that her speech was slightly slurred, but they could understand her. They also said that she has stopped several times during the trip to restore her energy before continuing.
Diana Nyad’s team is certain that she will complete this journey. They estimated her arrive time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern.
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