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Cuba: Marathon swimmer Nyad eyes new Florida swim

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HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities said Thursday that American Diana Nyad plans another shot at swimming from Cuba to Key West after falling short of her goal last month. An email from Cuban press officials invited journalists to an encounter with the swimmer Friday at a marina in Havana. "Diana Nyad will offer a news conference before once again beginning to swim across the Florida Straits between Havana and Key West, in continuation of the attempt realized on Aug. 7," the invitation read.

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HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities said Thursday that American Diana Nyad plans another shot at swimming from Cuba to Key West after falling short of her goal last month.

An email from Cuban press officials invited journalists to an encounter with the swimmer Friday at a marina in Havana.

"Diana Nyad will offer a news conference before once again beginning to swim across the Florida Straits between Havana and Key West, in continuation of the attempt realized on Aug. 7," the invitation read.

A spokeswoman for Nyad declined to comment on her plans, saying she would do so at the news conference.

The long-distance swimmer set out Aug. 7 from a Havana jetty and swam 29 hours before calling it quits about halfway through the 103-mile (166-kilometer) crossing.

Nyad was trying to break her own world record for open-water swimming without the aid of a shark cage. At the time, her team said she had roughly 53 miles to go when she stopped.

Nyad is now 62 after having a birthday since last month's swim. She says she hopes to inspire retirees to live active lives.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/cuba-marathon-swimmer-nyad-eyes-florida-swim-17345...

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[source: http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2011/09/23/33854/cuba_marathon_swimmer_nyad_eyes_new_florida_swim.html]

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