USA swimmer Anita lvarez was to be rescued from the bottom of the pool by her coach Andrea Fuentes on Wednesday after she fainted during the solo free final at the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.
After completing his routine, artistic swimmer Alvarez drowned at the bottom of the pool in a state of unconsciousness. Coach Fuentes, 25, without skipping a beat, jumped into the pool and managed to pull him to the top before bringing him to the edge of the pool to get immediate medical help.
fast rescue.@afp Photographers Ollie Scarf and Peter Kohlmi captured the dramatic rescue of USA’s Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool after she fainted during the women’s singles free artistic swimming final at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships. pic.twitter.com/8Y0wo6lSun
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) 23 June 2022
Alvarez, who still appeared to be unconscious, was placed on a stretcher and taken to a medical center at the swimming ground amid stunned spectators.
The 2021 USA Artistic Swimming Athlete of the Year Alvarez was looking for a medal at her third World Championships. However, she failed to reach the podium after finishing seventh. The gold medal went to Japan’s Yukiko Inui, while Ukraine’s Marta Fidina and Greece’s Evangelia Plataniotti earned silver and bronze medals, respectively.