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Rainbow flags greet Diana Nyad in Key West as she completes record-setting swim across Florida Straits

BY CAMMY CLARK AND CHRISTINA VEIGA, CCLARK@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, on her fifth attempt to cross the treacherous Florida Straits, completed the historic journey Monday afternoon.

The 64-year old Nyad accomplished her life-long dream when she staggered onto a Key West beach just before 2 p.m., becoming the first person to complete the treacherous swim without the wave-breaking aid of a protective shark cage. Her 110-mile voyage took 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds to complete, according to a tweet by Nyad’s team.

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Bravo Diane! You are an inspiration. Ok, I am watching your special on CNN.....I always knew you were a swimming superstar with unsurpassed dedication. Honesty, never knew you were gay. Doesn't matter much, except for the proud example of the accomplished GAY that athlelte you are.
I am 57 and the proud big sister of a younger brother who is also openly gay. I know that your accomplishhments have inspired me. I can only imagine the example you have set for millions of people around the world. Thank you and best wishes.

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