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Final moments of Nyad's historic Cuba-Florida journey

Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage on her fifth attempt.

Well-wishers clap as Diana Nyad swims through the crowds at Smathers Beach in Key West. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
Diana Nyad looks shaky as she makes it to the beach unaided. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
Diana Nyad collapses into her friend's arms as she completes her 110-mile journey. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Nyad tries to smile for the cameras after historic swim

Diana Nyad tries to smile for the cameras after her epic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Credit: NBC News

US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad tried to smile for the cameras after completing her 110-mile journey from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Diana Nyad was placed on a stretcher and took her to hospital. Credit: NBC News

Ms Nyad, whose face was swollen, was placed on a stretcher and hydrated with an intravenous drip before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Nyad stood unaided as she arrived on Florida beach

Diana Nyad managed to stand unaided as she arrived at Smathers Beach in Key West after swimming for almost 53 hours.

US veteran swimmer Diana Nyad arrives at Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

The 64-year-old has become the first person to complete the swim from Cuba to Florida without using a shark cage.

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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.

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":

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