Nyad Defends Her Record-Breaking Swim To Skeptics

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Diana Nyad launched a full-throttled defense as she went head-to-head with her critics Tuesday.

The 64-year-old swimmer said her historic Cuba to Florida swim was “squeaky clean” despite questions from doubters.

Addressing her skeptics, Diana Nyad claimed the right to set the ground rules for future swims from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Speculation that she had gotten into or held onto a boat during part of her 53-hour journey drove Nyad and her team to hold a lengthy conference call Tuesday night with about a dozen members of the marathon swimming community.

Nyad said it was her understanding of the sport that the first person to make a crossing got to set the rules for that body of water. She said her “Florida Straits Rules” would largely maintain what they all agree on: no flippers, no shark cage, no getting out of the water, never holding…

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