US swimmer halts Cuba-Florida swim

Senior US distance swimmer Diana Nyad abandoned her third attempt to cross the shark-infested sea from Cuba to Florida yesterday, citing dangerous Portuguese man-of-war stings.

The 62-year-old, who  sought to become the first to make the 100-mile (160 km) swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage, had spent more than 40 hours in water.

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