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Nyad ends NY swim, raises $103K for Sandy victims

Spectators whooped and cheered as endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (NY

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, swimmer Diana Nyad talks with her crew less than two miles off Key West, Fla., Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Nyad, 64, is poised to be the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits from Cuba to the Florida Keys without the security of a shark cage. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

NEW YORK (AP) - Spectators whooped and cheered as endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (NY'-ad) ended her 48-hour swim in Manhattan to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Nyad came out of the pool at 8:48 a.m. Thursday after raising a little more than $103,000.

She said it was tougher than she had imagined. Her words were drowned out by the cheering crowd.

Nyad started the marathon swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim was to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy.

Last month, the 64-year-old New York native became the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Fla., without a shark cage.


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