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U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad cheers before attempting to swim to Florida from Havana

U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad cheers before attempting to swim to Florida from Havana August 31, 2013. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Diana Nyad's incredible swim from Cuba to Florida

On her fifth try, Diana Nyad

became the first person to swims

from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. She reached

the Key West shore on Monday, Sept. 2, about 53 hours after she began

her swim from Havana.