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

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

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Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, left, who recently completed a record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, is joined by "Good Morning America" anchor Lara Spencer as she begins a continuous 48-hour swim event in New York's Herald Square called "Swim for Relief," which aims to raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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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