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Woman's record Florida swim

Veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, has become the first person to complete the 110-mile journey from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. It was her fifth attempt on the record and spent over 50 hours in the water.

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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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