American swimmer Anita Alvarez fainted and fell to the bottom of the pool at the world championships . Her coach, Andrea Fuentes, saved her life after spotting warning signs that she was in danger .
BUDAPEST: Anita Alvarez, an artistic swimmer, went at least two minutes without breathing after fainting and falling to the bottom of the pool at the world championships, according to her quick-thinking coach, who saved her life.I think she went at least two minutes without breathing because her lungs were full of water, said coach Andrea Fuentes, a four-time Olympic artistic swimming champion, adding that the swimmer's heart was beating.She spit the water, coughed, and that was it, but Fuentes said it was a big anxiety.After going out at the end of her routine on Wednesday nights in Budapest's solo free final, the 25-year-old had sunk to the bottom of the pool.Fuentes could spot warning signs that Alvarez was in danger.Fuentes told the BBC that my feet were a little more white than usual, so I thought her blood was not flowing as well as expected.Ordinarily, when you finish, all you want to do is breathe, but instead of rising, she was going down.Fuentes swam to the bottom of the pool, dragging Alvarez to the surface. Fuentes told Spanish newspapers that I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren't doing it.When I saw her sinking, I looked up to the rescuers, but I realized they were terrified.They didnt react.I wondered, Will you jump in now? Alvarez was carried on a stretcher to the pools medical center, with teammates and supporters appearing to be in shock poolside, with others in tears congratulating each other.On Thursday morning, Fuentes' artistic team released a statement, claiming that Alvarez had fainted as a result of the time expended during the routine.In other high-end sports, we often forget that it happens.Any fitness, whether it be a marathon, bicycle, or cross country, is the same as any other; in a pool, we push through boundaries and sometimes we discover them. Alvarez fainted on Wednesday, according to Alyssa Jacobs, a spokeswoman for the US team.When Jacobs performed her duet at the Olympic Qualification Tournament, she was treated like this once.Prior to that, she had sporadic diarrhea, but not in competition.Bela Merkely, the head of the Hungarian medical service, told local media on Thursday that staff had followed strict FINA guidelines on what lifeguards can do. During Wednesdays tournament, the judges did not receive a similar warning, and regardless of what a coach tells them, they are not allowed to intervene.After the coach jumped into the pool at her own risk, the local lifeguards alerted to the danger and decided to respond quickly, and the American competitor was eventually released from the pool with their assistance.The incident was eventually concluded well, according to the governing body FINA.Following a medical emergency during the solo free final of the artistic swimming, FINA has been in close contact with Anita Alvarez, her crew, and the medical staff, it said in a tweet. Alvarez could still compete in the Team Free Final on Friday, according to Jacobs.Anita is doing fine and taking time to rest today.Both our team doctor and event medical staff have thoroughly examined her.Jacobs said she only has one final event left to compete at the 2022 World Championships, and she will see if she can compete tomorrow if she is cleared medically.
Rapid rescue.@AFP photographers Oli Scarff and Peter Kohalmi capture the dramatic rescue of USA's Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool when she fainted during the women's solo free artistic swimming finals at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships pic.twitter.com/8Y0wo6lSUn— AFP News Agency (@AFP) June 23, 2022