Skeptics question Nyad's integrity in 'epic' 110-mile Cuba-to-Florida swim sans shark cage

Washington, Sept 9 : A small community of marathon swimmers are questioning whether 64-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad accomplished the feat of a 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, honestly.

According to The Huffington Post, on social media and the online Marathon Swimmers Forum, long-distance swimmers have been debating whether Nyad got a boost from the boat that was accompanying her, either by getting in it or holding onto it, during a particularly speedy stretch of her swim.

They also question whether she violated the traditions of her sport, many follow strict guidelines known as the English Channel rules, by using a specialized mask and wetsuit to protect herself from jellyfish, the report said.

Nyad first rose to national prominence in 1975 when she swam the 28 miles around the island of Manhattan in just under eight hours and four years later; she swam the 102 miles from North Bimini, Bahamas, to Juno Beach, in 27.5 hours.

Nyad's previous failed attempt ended amid boat trouble, storms, unfavorable currents and jellyfish stings that left her face significantly swollen but in her latest attempt, she wore a full bodysuit, gloves, booties and a mask at night, when jellyfish rise to the surface.

--ANI (Posted on 09-09-2013)

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