Anita Alvarez: Coach dives into pool to save American swimmer at World Championships

Coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the pool after watching the 25-year-old artistic swimmer sink to the bottom at the end of her routine in the women’s solo freestyle event.

Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, lifted Alvarez to the surface before helping her back to the edge of the pool.

Alvarez received medical treatment by the pool, Reuters reported, and was later taken out on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes had to save Alvarez, according to Reuters, after jumping into the pool during an Olympic qualifying event last year and pulling it to safety, along with American swimming partner Lindi Schroeder.

Alvarez pictured competing during the free solo final.
Fuentes told Spanish TV channel Cadena COPE in a radio interview: “I don’t think I’ve swum that fast before, even when I got Olympic medals and well, in the end I was able to swim it. get up and she wasn’t breathing.Later came the lifeguard.
In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said Alvarez would rest on Thursday and see her doctor to see if she would be fit to compete in the freestyle swimming team final, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, according to the website. of the sport’s governing body, FINA.
“Anita is fine – doctors have checked all vital signs and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is well,” Fuentes said in the statement.

“Sometimes we forget that this happens in other high endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross-country… we’ve all seen images where some athletes don’t reach the finish line and others don’t reach the finish line. help make it happen,” Fuentes added.

“Our sport is no different to any other, just in a pool we push the limits and sometimes we find them. Anita feels good now and the doctors say she is fine too.”

Alvarez finished seventh behind Japan’s Yukiko Inui, who won the gold, while Marta Fiedina of Ukraine and Evangelia Platanioti of Greece came second and third respectively, according to the International Swimming Federation website ( FINA).


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