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Two Jellyfish Stings, But Nyad Keeps Swimming

62-year-old reaches halfway point of 103-mile swim
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2011 6:29 AM CDT
Two Jellyfish Stings, But Nyad Keeps Swimming
U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad begins her swim from Cuba to Florida at the Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba, Friday Sept. 23, 2011. Endurance athlete Nyad will attempt for a second time to swim from Cuba to Florida in hopes of setting a world record at the age of 62. The Los Angeles woman fell short in a previous...   (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

(Newser) – Despite enduring a second jellyfish sting, 62-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad is continuing her 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, and has reached the halfway point, reports the AP. Despite getting out of the water last night to receive treatment for the stings, Nyad is still allowed to continue her record attempt, although now it has been changed to a staged swim from a non-stop swim.

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Nyad remains on track to complete her swim tomorrow morning, despite barracudas, an Oceanic white-tipped shark, and the jellyfish stings to her face and eyes. "Tonight, her second night in the open water, may be the most critical," said her website. (Read more Diana Nyad stories.)

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