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US Swimmer’s Dramatic Rescue From Bottom Of Pool



Anita Alvarez was competing within the girls’s solo free finals when she fainted and sunk to the underside.

New Delhi:

USA swimmer Anita Alvarez needed to be rescued from the underside of the pool by her coach Andrea Fuentes on Wednesday after she fainted through the solo free ultimate on the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

After finishing her routine, creative swimmer Alvarez sunk to the underside of the pool in an unconscious state. The 25-year-old’s coach Fuentes, with out skipping a beat, jumped into the pool and managed to tug her to the highest earlier than bringing her to the sting of the pool to get instant medical consideration.

Alvarez, nonetheless trying visibly unconscious, was placed on a stretcher and brought to the medical middle on the swimming enviornment amid surprised spectators.

“It was a big scare. I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren’t doing it,” Fuentes was reported as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca, as quoted by AFP.


Andrea Fuentes leaping into the pool to rescue an unconscious Anita Alvares.

“I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she is doing very well,” Fuentes added.

Four-time Olympic medalist Fuentes instructed Spanish radio that the rationale why Alvarez fainted was due to the trouble exerted throughout her routine.

“She only had water in her lungs, once she started breathing again everything was OK,” stated Fuentes.

“It felt like an entire hour. I stated issues weren’t proper, I used to be shouting on the lifeguards to get into the water, however they did not catch what I stated or they did not perceive.


Fuentes managed to tug Alvarez to the highest of the pool and get her instant medical assist.

“She wasn’t respiration … I went as rapidly as I might, as if it had been an Olympic ultimate,” Fuentes added.

The 2021 USA Artistic Swimming Athlete of the Year Alvarez was within the hunt for a medal in her third world championships. However, she failed to achieve the rostrum after ending seventh. The gold medal went to Japan’s Yukiko Inui whereas Ukraine’s Marta Fiedina and Greece’s Evangelia Platanioti earned silver and bronze respectively.

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