Diana Nyad Completes Historic Cuba-to-Florida Swim

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Diana Nyad swims from Cuba to Key West

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad reached the shores of Key West on Monday afternoon, becoming the first person to swim Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. (Credit: Gilbert DeLaRosa / CNN)

KEY WEST, Fla.– If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try again.

That’s the message from 64-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who achieved her lifelong goal of conquering the Straits of Florida.

On Monday, she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, willing her way to a Key West beach just before 2 p.m. ET, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years.

Nyad pumped her fist as she walked onto the beach toward an awaiting medic before being guided to an ambulance.

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