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Diana Nyad: Ending swim was 'huge disappointment'

September 26, 2011 • National News


Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad shows the welts on her arm at Key West, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. Nyad spent more than 40 hours in the shark-filled waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys, climbing into a boat only to be treated for searing welts left by Portuguese man o’ war stings. Left swollen and red, Nyad had no choice but to end her trek early when medics warned another sting could be deadly. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

MIAMI (AP) — Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad spent more than 40 hours in the shark-filled waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys, climbing into a boat only to be treated for searing welts left by Portuguese man o’ war stings. Left swollen and red, Nyad had no choice but to end her trek early when medics warned another sting could be deadly.

The 62-year-old soldiered on for a time, cutting eye and mouth holes into a cap she wore over her face to protect against future stings. She surpassed 100,000 strokes, but the stings — which team members said left what looked like branding marks from the jellyfish-like creatures’ tentacles — were too much of a risk.

“I trained this hard for this big dream I had for so many years, and to think these stupid little Portuguese man o’ war take it down,” Nyad told The Associated Press, just hours after getting out of the water. “It’s a huge disappointment.”

She said she was in the best shape of her life but was Login to read more

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