Questions linger over U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad's record swim

Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:53pm EDT
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By David Adams

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad has agreed to turn over all her navigation data and official observer logs on her record-breaking swim from Cuba to southern Florida last week, after skeptics raised questions about the grueling crossing.

"I think it will be more than enough to settle the question, did she swim from A to B?" Steven Munatones, a California-based chief administrator of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, said on Wednesday.

But he said some swimmers still had "more nuanced questions of how she swam from A to B."

A triumphant Nyad, 64, staggered ashore in Key West, Florida, on September 2, after having swum about 53 hours, to become the first person to complete the treacherous 110-mile crossing without a shark cage.

Nyad's success came at the fifth attempt and the highly publicized crossing sparked a social media debate about whether her journey meets the requirements to break the world record.

"I swam ... in squeaky-clean, ethical fashion," Nyad told a conference call late on Tuesday with a dozen fellow marathon swimmers, some of whom have publicly questioned aspects of her feat.

"I honored the rules," Nyad added.

"A lot of the big picture questions were answered," said Evan Morrison, a San Francisco-based marathon swimmer and corporate data analyst, who was on the call.   Continued...

U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad finishes a conference call with a group of fellow endurance swimmers to answer skeptics about her record-breaking crossing of the Florida Straits last week, in Huntington Beach, California September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo