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A dunk for the Apple
Dan Levin
October 20, 1975
Cleanliness might be next to godliness but New York is closer to the news media headquarters, so that's where Diana Nyad had to swim
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October 20, 1975

A Dunk For The Apple

Cleanliness might be next to godliness but New York is closer to the news media headquarters, so that's where Diana Nyad had to swim

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At 5:05 she swam around the Battery. The current flowing out from the East River had stopped. She began to use her crawl again, and soon, as she swam beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, the sun setting over Wall Street behind her, the evening crisp and bright, all the fear in her boat was gone.

The current was moving upstream now. She passed the Empire State Building at 6:45, and as it grew dark, all along the East River Drive, from 50th Street north, people were coming to the river. "You can make it, Diana," they shouted, running along. She did. "I feel very proud," she said, and she spoke of a book she had started last fall, after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. The title: It's Not Easy Being Wonder Woman.

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