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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Vanessa Linsley
American endurance athlete Diana Nyad on Tuesday ended her fourth attempt in nearly 35 years to swim across the Straits of Florida, her dream of setting a record thwarted by storms, jellyfish stings, shark threats, hypothermia and swollen lips.
Endurance athlete Diana Nyad ended her swimming ultramarathon from Cuba to Florida on Sunday after medics warned that another painful sting from a Portuguese man-of-war could be life-threatening, Nyad team members said.
"Instead of getting hit with one doozy, they got hit with three," Linsley said, "They got hit with the weather, they got hit with the jellyfish, and they got hit with the sharks all at the same time."
Another team member, Vanessa Linsley, told the Associated Press the swimmer encountered a triple threat of obstacles.