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Had the latest attempt been successful, Nyad would have broken her own record of 102.5 miles (165 kilometers) for a cageless, open-sea swim, set in 1979 when she stroked from the Bahamas to Florida.
Before the swim, Nyad told journalists she hopes her swim will inspire others her age to live active lives. She said she also hopes it can help improve understanding between Cold War rivals Cuba and the United States, even if just symbolically.
Diana Nyad website: http://diananyad.com/
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