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Nyad's team responds to skeptics doubting her swim

September 8, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Diana Nyad's swim from Cuba to Florida has generated some skepticism in the small community of marathon swimmers.

Critics have suggested that during a speedy stretch of the 53-hour swim, Nyad might have gotten into or held onto the boat that accompanied her.

They also question whether she violated the traditions of her sport by relying on a specialized mask and wetsuit to protect herself from jellyfish.

According to Nyad's team, she finished the 110-mile swim Monday afternoon in Key West, becoming the first to do so without the aid of a shark cage.

Nyad's navigator and one of the swim's official observers tell The Associated Press that Nyad didn't cheat. Navigator John Bartlett says the 64-year-old endurance swimmer got a boost from the fast-moving Gulf Stream, but nothing more.



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