Artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez has passed out while competing at the World Aquatics Championships.
Her trainer, Andrea Fuentes, jumped into the pool to save her because “the lifeguards weren’t doing it”.
Fuentes said Alvarez is “doing great” now and could still compete in an upcoming tag team event.
American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez has been rescued in spectacular fashion after fainting while competing at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.
According to Agence France-Presse, Alvarez, 25, completed his routine in the free solo final on Wednesday night before losing consciousness and sinking to the bottom of the competition pool.
His coach, Andrea Fuentes, jumped into the water in his t-shirt and shorts to save the swimmer “because the lifeguards weren’t doing it”, she told Spanish outlet Marca.
Photographs of the rescue and the distraught faces of people watching by the pool have since made their rounds online.
“I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine,” Fuentes said, according to Marca.
The coach told Spanish radio that the rescue “lasted a whole hour”, according to AFP.
“I said things weren’t right, I was yelling at the rescuers to get in the water, but they didn’t understand what I said or they didn’t understand,” Fuentes said. , depending on the point of sale. “I went as fast as I could, like it was an Olympic final.”
She also provided an update via the USA Artistic Swimming Instagram account on Thursday morning.
“Anita is fine – the doctors have checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar, blood pressure, etc. Everything is fine. We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-performance sports. endurance. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we’ve all seen images where some athletes don’t reach the finish line and others help them get there,” she wrote in the caption alongside a picture of Alvarez.
“Our sport is no different than any other, just in a pool we push the limits and sometimes we find them. Anita feels fine now and the doctors say she’s fine too,” she continued, adding that Alvarez will discuss with the doctors if she can continue to compete in an upcoming team event.
According to the BBC, this isn’t the first time Alvarez has passed out in the pool during the competition. She lost consciousness following a routine during an Olympic qualifier in Barcelona last year and was also saved by Fuentes at the time, according to the outlet.
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