Nyad says she was more prepared for jellyfish

AP News
Posted: Sep 03, 2013 7:53 AM

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — After four unsuccessful attempts, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad says she was better-prepared for jellyfish this time as she became the first swimmer to go from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

The 64-year-old waded ashore Monday in Key West after swimming 110 miles.

Nyad told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that, unlike in previous attempts, she had a jellyfish expert with her as she made the swim. She also had a mask that — while making it harder to breathe — protected her from jellyfish stings that helped end previous attempts to make the swim.

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Nyad told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she swam faster in her 20's, but her endurance has grown in her 60s.