Anita Alvarez: Coach rescues swimmer who fainted in pool at World Aquatics Championships in Budapest

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By AP  •  Updated: 23/06/2022 - 11:36

A subordinate   of Team USA (R) recovers USA's Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottommost  of the excavation  during an incendent successful  the women's solo escaped  creator  swimming finals

A subordinate of Team USA (R) recovers USA's Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottommost of the excavation during an incendent successful the women's solo escaped creator swimming finals   -   Copyright  Credit: AFP

American creator swimmer Anita Alvarez was "not breathing" erstwhile she was rescued from the bottommost of the excavation aft fainting astatine the World Aquatics Championships successful Budapest.

The 25-year-old mislaid consciousness aft completing her solo escaped last regular connected Wednesday.

Alvarez's manager Andrea Fuentes responded to the play by diving successful afloat clothed to propulsion the swimmer to safety.

"It was a large scare," four-time Olympic medallist Fuentes was reported arsenic saying by Spanish paper Marca.

"I was frightened due to the fact that I saw she was not breathing, but present she is doing precise well.

"She lone had h2o successful her lungs, erstwhile she started breathing again everything was OK."

And speaking to Spanish radio, she said: "It felt similar a full hour. I said things weren't right, I was shouting astatine the lifeguards to get into the water, but they didn't drawback what I said oregon they didn't understand.

"She wasn't breathing. I went arsenic rapidly arsenic I could arsenic if it were an Olympic final."

Alvarez was fixed aesculapian attraction poolside earlier being taken distant connected a stretcher.

In a connection connected the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said Alvarez would beryllium assessed by doctors connected Thursday earlier a determination was made connected her competing successful Friday's squad event.

Fuentes said: "Anita is OK - the doctors checked each vitals and everything is normal: bosom rate, oxygen, sweetener levels, humor pressure, etc... each is OK.

"We sometimes hide that this happens successful different high-endurance sports.

"Marathon, cycling, transverse country... we each person seen images wherever immoderate athletes don't marque it to the decorativeness enactment and others assistance them to get there.

"Our athletics is nary antithetic than others, conscionable successful a pool, we propulsion done limits and sometimes we find them.

"Anita feels bully present and the doctors besides accidental she is OK.

"Tomorrow she volition remainder each time and volition determine with the doc if she tin aquatics escaped squad finals oregon not. Thank you for each of your good wishes for Anita."

Alvarez, who finished seventh successful the final, antecedently fainted pursuing a regular during an Olympic qualifier successful Barcelona past year.

Fuentes besides rescued her connected that occasion.

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