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Veteran swimmer abandons Cuba-US crossing

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Veteran swimmer abandons Cuba-US crossing

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The veteran long-distance swimmer American Diana Nyad has been forced to abandon her fourth and possibly final bid to swim from Cuba to the United States.

The 62-year-old battled squalls and rough seas but a swarm of jellyfish made it too dangerous to complete the 166-kilometre crossing.

“Should I say I’m not disappointed? No, I am disappointed,” an exhausted-looking Nyad told reporters after arriving in Key West with her support team. “I didn’t get my own moment in history but this has been a terrific experience,” she added.

If Nyad had completed the crossing, she would have owned the world record for the longest unassisted open ocean swim.