An American swimmer lost consciousness while swimming and almost lost her life

23 June, 2022
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An American swimmer lost consciousness while swimming and almost lost her life

American swimmer Anita Alvares was saved from drowning after she fainted during her performance in the synchronized swimming competitions at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Her Spanish coach Andrea Fuentes jumped to save 25-year-old Alvares, who sank to the bottom of the pool and could no longer breathe during her performance in the final of the freestyle singles category in rhythmic swimming, Wednesday.

"It was terrifying, I had to jump because the rescuers didn't," Fuentes said.

Fuentesen, 39, dived in her shorts and shirt to the bottom of the pool and pulled Alvares to the surface before being helped to the edge of the pool. "I was scared because I knew she wasn't breathing, but she's fine now," Fuentes, a four-times Olympic medalist, said.

Alvarez was taken on a stretcher to the facility's medical center, where her colleagues and fans appeared in shock.

The trainer added, "Anita is fine, the doctors checked her vital signs and everything was normal, heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels and blood pressure."

Alvarez is participating in the world championships for the third time, and she also fainted during the Olympic qualifiers in Barcelona last year.

In another interview, Fuentes criticized the slow reaction of the lifeguards at the World Championships, which ends on July 2, after nearly two weeks of competition. She said: When I saw her drowning, I looked at the rescuers but I saw that they were shocked, they did not react, I reacted quickly and told myself that I could not watch.

And she continued, "I didn't think about it, I jumped, I think it was the strangest and fastest free dive I've done in my career, I carried it and lifted it, it was heavy, it wasn't easy."

Fuentes confirmed that Alvarez will rest on Thursday, with doctors to decide whether she will be ready to participate in Friday's team final.

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