My CNN News alert has just emailed me to say that swimmer Diana Nyad, who is 64, is only two miles shy of finishing her swim from Cuba to Florida. The journal is 103 miles, she’s not in a shark cage, and this is her fifth attempt.
Now she’s not the first person to do the swim: it was done in 1997 by Susie Maroney (aged 22). But Maroney used a shark cage, so Nyad’s achievement is a real first.
But Nyad is nearly three times that age, and, as a relative oldster, I have to say that I’m pleased as punch at Nyad’s success. (I’m assuming she’ll make it, of course.)