A photo of a coach jumping to the bottom of a pool to rescue a fainted swimmer at the FINA World Championships


Members of Team USA (R) are American Anita Alvarez (L) from the bottom of the pool at the 2022 Budapest World Swimming Championships in the Women's Solo Free Artistic Swimming Final at the Alfred Hahos Swimming Complex in Budapest. Will be collected.  June 22, 2022.

Andrea Fuentes lifts Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the competition pool.OLISCARFF / AFP via Getty Images

  • Artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez fainted while competing in the FINA World Championships.

  • Her coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the pool to save her because “the lifeguard wasn’t doing it.”

  • Fuentes said Alvarez is currently “very good” and has the potential to compete in future team events.

Anita Alvarez, an American artistic swimmer, was dramatically rescued after fainting while competing in the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

By Agence France-Presse 25-year-old Alvarez lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of the competition pool after completing a routine at the Solo Free Final on Wednesday night.

Her coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the water with her T-shirt and shorts to rescue the swimmer “because the lifeguard wasn’t doing it,” she said. Spanish news agency Marca..

Since then, rescue and distraught facial photos of people watching the poolside have patrolled online.

Anita Alvarez was rescued by coach Andrea Fuentes and another swimmer.

Alvarez was taken to the poolside by Fuentes and another swimmer who jumped in for help.Nikola Krstic / MB Media / Getty Images

“I was scared to see her not breathing, but now she’s very well,” Marca said.

Team U.S. Anita Alvarez will be joined by medical staff following the women's solo free final performance on the sixth day of the Budapest 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships held at the Alfred Hajos National Swimming Complex on June 22, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. I will attend.

Medical staff attending Alvarez.Dean Mouhtaro poulos / Getty Images

The coach told Spanish radio that the rescue “feels like an hour,” according to AFP.

“I said things weren’t right, I was yelling at the lifeguards to get into the water, but they didn’t understand what I said, or they didn’t,” Fuentes said at the outlet. Said according to. “I went as soon as possible, just like the finals of the Olympics.”

Team US members will be attended by medical staff following the women's solo free final performance on the sixth day of the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championship at the Alfred Hajos National Aquarium on June 22, 2022 in Budapest. Reacts to that. Hungary.

Alvarez’s teammates were visibly upset by the incident.Dean Mouhtaro poulos / Getty Images

She also provided updates via USA Artistic Swimming Instagram account Thursday morning.

“Anita is okay. Doctors check all vitals and everything is normal, including heart rate, oxygen, sugar content, blood pressure, etc. Everything is okay. You may forget that this happens in other endurance sports. Marathon , Cycling, Cross Country … We’ve all seen images of some athletes not reaching the finish line and helping others reach it, “she said in the caption with a photo of Alvarez. I’m writing together.

“Our sport is no different than any other sport. We push the limits in the pool and sometimes find the limits. Anita feels good now and the doctor says she’s okay,” she continues. Alvarez added that he would discuss with the doctor if: She can continue to participate in upcoming team events.

according to BBCThis is not the first time Alvarez has fainted in the pool during the competition. She lost consciousness after her routine in the Olympic qualifying in Barcelona last year, and according to the outlet, she was also saved by Fentes at the time.

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