Diana Nyad defends her swim
September 12 , 2013
Diana Nyad defended herself and answered skeptics in a recent conference call between her and about a dozen marathon swimming community members. The new record holder claimed her right to set ground rules in the future.
Nyad would allow for the full-body protective suit as well as the mask that she had worn to protect herself from jellyfish. These have the ability to alter a swim as much as a strong current does. Swimmers won't be allowed to hold on to the boat or exit the water, as per her list of rules. She insisted that she didn't do these things herself either.
The swimmer replied to those that questioned her speed at a point during the race and said "I swam. We made it, our team, from the rocks of Cuba to the beach of Florida, in squeaky-clean, ethical fashion." Nyad said she'd hand over the notes and observations by the official observes and also clarified a misstatement about her medical report. The report had mentioned that she didn't drink water for seven hours. However, Nyad claimed that the time period was never longer than 45 minutes.