Swimmer Anita Alvarez was rescued after fainting in the pool

Mexican-American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was rescued by her coach after losing consciousness in the pool

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was rescued by her Spanish coach Andrea Fuentes after struggling to regain consciousness during the World Championships in Budapest on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The 25-year-old was competing in the final of the women’s Solo Free event when the incident happened. She passed out and seemed to sink to the bottom of the pool.

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Fuentes soon dove into the pool and, along with a male lifeguard, pulled her trainee back to safety.

The artistic swimming competitions will take place at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships which started on Saturday 18 June 2022 and will end on Sunday 3 July 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.

Alvarez is rescued by her trainer and a lifeguard

Who is Anita Alvarez?

Born in New York in 1996, Alvarez is an artistic and synchronized swimmer who competed in the women’s duet at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

She is a member of the United States national synchronized swimming team and competed at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

Alvarez qualified to represent the USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics and was named USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2019 along with Mariya Koroleve.

The Mexican-American was also named the 2021 US Artistic Swimmer of the Year.

This is the second time Alvarez has passed out during a pool competition.

Andrea Fuentes came to Alvarez’s aid during last year’s Olympic qualifiers in Barcelona.

what was said

On Wednesday, June 22, Fuentes said on the radio that she realized something was wrong when Alvarez “went down and didn’t react.”

She said, “When a swimmer finishes, the first thing they want to do is breathe.”

After Fuentes tried to signal the lifeguards, who didn’t see their movements, “I jumped in myself. I went there as fast as I could. I got in even quicker than when I was fighting for Olympic medals.”

The Spain manager said Alvarez was “not breathing” when she reached the 25-year-old but after receiving immediate treatment she soon recovered.

Fuentes added that Alvarez will rest today, Thursday June 23, 2022, but will return to the pool soon because “she has to swim the finals”.

“We looked at a lot of things and the pressure is good. We did a CT scan of her brain, she’s fine.

“As athletes, we’re dedicated to discovering where the line is, and sometimes we find it, and today you found it, you went so far your body said girl don’t ask me anything else.”

What did the US Artistic Swimming say?

Taking to Instagram, the USA artistic swimming team posted: “Seeing two-time Olympian Anita Alvarez’s medical emergency yesterday was heartbreaking for our community.

“Anita put on an exceptional solo performance, competing brilliantly in four preliminary and three final competitions over six days of the final World Cup event in 2022.

“Anita has been examined by medical staff and will continue to be monitored. She is already feeling much better and is using today to rest.

“Whether or not she competes in the free team finals on Friday June 24th will be decided by Anita and medical professionals.”

When is the artistic swimming final?

The final of the artistic swimming competition will take place tomorrow, Friday 24 June 2022. Swimmer Anita Alvarez was rescued after fainting in the pool


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