Key West installs plaque honoring Diana Nyad

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Diana Nyad hoists a bronze plaque Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Key West, Fla., commemorating her 2013 Cuba-to-Florida Keys swim. The plaque is to be installed on a promenade wall at Smathers Beach and is to be augmented by a bronze sculpture of Nyad that is to be commissioned by the Key West Art in Public Places Board. At age 64 and on her fifth attempt, Nyad became the first person to ever swim from Havana to Key West without a shark cage, landing on Sept. 2, 2013.
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Diana Nyad hoists a bronze plaque Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Key West, Fla., commemorating her 2013 Cuba-to-Florida Keys swim. The plaque is to be installed on a promenade wall at Smathers Beach and is to be augmented by a bronze sculpture of Nyad that is to be commissioned by the Key West Art in Public Places Board. At age 64 and on her fifth attempt, Nyad became the first person to ever swim from Havana to Key West without a shark cage, landing on Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A bronze plaque honoring endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has been installed on the Key West beach where she successfully ended a 53-hour swim from Havana without a shark cage.

Nyad staggered ashore at Smathers Beach on Sept. 2, 2013, after swimming 110 miles. It was her fifth attempt to complete the Cuba-to-Florida swim.

The plaque marking Nyad’s achievement was unveiled Monday on a concrete wall bordering the beach. At the ceremony, Nyad said she plans to walk from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in 2016 to raise awareness for obesity prevention.

The city also has commissioned a life-size metal sculpture of Nyad.

On Saturday, Nyad received Cuba’s Order of Sporting Merit award. First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel called Nyad’s feat a symbol of friendship between Cuba and the U.S.

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