64-year-old Diana Nyad swims from Cuba to Florida

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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The exhausted Diana Nyad.

The 64-year-old long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, made history on Monday. She is the first person to swim the highly dangerous 110 miles from Cuba to Florida… without a shark cage to protect her from the infested waters. Fans crowded around Key West, cheering and trumpeting conch shells, as the exhausted Nyad reached shore.

This was Nyad’s 5th try, and the entire trek took her 53 hours in the water. Besides her natural toughness, she had the good fortune of favorable ocean currents and few poisonous jellyfish. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you,” she said, offering praise to her team. “So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”

President Barack Obama’s Twitter even chimed in, offering “Congratulations to @DianaNyad. Never give up on your dreams.”

Images courtesy of Diana Nyad Facebook.