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Cuba-Florida swim completed in less than 53 hours

US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swam approximately 110 miles from Cuba to Florida in 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds, her support team announced.

They wrote on her Twitter account:

Nyad: 'We should never ever give up' on our dreams

US swimmer Diana Nyad said people should "never ever give up" after she completed her fifth attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Looking sunburnt and with a swollen face, Ms Nyad said she had "three messages" after swimming approximately 110 miles.

Diana Nyad can be seen swimming amid a crowd by Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida. Credit: NBC News

She continued: "One is we should never ever give up. Two is, you are never too old to chase your dreams.

"Three is, it looks like a solitary sport but it's a team..." before she collapsed her head onto her friend's shoulder.

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Cuba-Florida swim 'proves dreams do come true'

US veteran long-distance swimmer has achieved her dream to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage on her fifth attempt.

Her support team wrote on Twitter that her victory "proves dreams do come true":

Nyad finishes Cuba-Florida swim without shark cage

US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad has become the first person to complete the gruelling journey from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Well-wishers rush to cheer Diana Nyad as she completes her Cuba to Florida journey. Credit: NBC News

Ms Nyad has arrived at Smather's Beach in Key West, Florida after more than 50 hours in the water.

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US Coast Guard escorts swimmer as she nears beach

The US Coast Guard is escorting veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad as she nears Smathers Beach in Key West - the end of her journey from Cuba to Florida.

Ms Nyad's team wrote on Twitter:

Swimmer's team posting 'through tears & giddy smiles'

The support team for US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad said they are posting Twitter updates "through tears and giddy smiles" as she nears the end of her epic Cuba to Florida journey:

Nyad two miles from completing Cuba-Florida swim

US swimmer Diana Nyad is just two miles from completing her Cuba to Florida swim without a shark cage.

After almost 50 hours swimming the Florida Strait, Ms Nyad said, "I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean. This is a lifelong dream of mine and I'm very very glad to be with you."

Diana Nyad speaking as she had two miles to go until reaching Smather's Beach in Key West. Credit: diananyad.com

She thanked her support team for their generosity, adding, "Let's get going so we can have a whopping party."

Ms Nyad also apologised for her speech, saying, "I have some bad abrasions in my mouth from the jellyfish mask, so excuse me if I have trouble talking."

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