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US grandmother breaks 110-mile Cuba to Florida swim record

A 64-year-old grandmother has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

An exhausted Diana Nyad stepped ashore in Key West, Florida, about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana.

It was Nyad's fifth attempt to complete the approximately 110-mile swim. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. She also tried in 1978.

Her last attempt was cut short amid boat trouble, storms, unfavourable currents and jellyfish stings that left her face puffy and swollen.

"I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean," Nyad told her 35-member team from the water.

"This is a lifelong dream of mine and I'm very very glad to be with you."

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