Diana Nyad One-Third of The Way to Florida From Cuba, Swimming Strong - Video

Diana Nyad, 62-year-old endurance swimmer, is already a third of the way along in her current attempt to be the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. "This weekend is my magical moment. I can't imagine any other ending than making it to the other shore," she says.
By: Lily Shavick
September 24 2011 6:35 PM

Diana Nyad, 62-year-old endurance swimmer, is already a third of the way along in her current attempt to be the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

 "This weekend is my magical moment. I can't imagine any other ending than making it to the other shore," she says.

Nyad’s latest website update says:

"This afternoon -- it is stunning to actually witness -- Diana is swimming stronger and stronger. Her strokes are up to 50 per minute, she is eating pasta, gobbling bananas, bits of peanut butter sandwiches, along with high-carb & high calorie liquid concoctions. "

CNN.com reports, at 3:15 p.m., Nyad was 35 miles from Havana. She set off on “her 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida Friday. She was about a third of the way by Saturday afternoon, moving through calm waters, according to her Twitter account.”

The latest reports have Nyad swimming strongly and making a stunning recovery from her Portuguese man o' war sting, sas of Saturday.

"It was scary," Stoll said. "But Diana is happy that this happened early while she is still at her strongest."

A safety diver who entered the water to help Nyad was also stung numerous times, her blog said. He received treatment back on one of the flotilla of boats accompanying her.

Nyad began her swim just after 6 p.m. Friday from Havana's Hemingway Marina.

"I think at the age of 62 I honestly believe I'm in the best shape of my whole life, not just of the last two years," she told reporters.

The former world champion swimmer expects the swim to take close to 60 hours, which would put her into Florida sometime Monday.

Nyad tried to make the 103-mile crossing of the Florida Straits last month but was thwarted by asthma, shoulder pain, and heavy seas.

Follow her website for up to the minute tracking of Nyad's journey.

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