In photos: The dramatic rescue of an American swimmer from the bottom of the pool


Anita Alvarez competed in the Women’s Artistic Freestyle Solo Finals.

New Delhi:

American swimmer Anita Alvarez had to be rescued from the bottom of the pool by her coach Andrea Fuentes on Wednesday after she passed out during the solo freestyle final of the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

After completing her routine, artistic swimmer Alvarez sank to the bottom of the pool in an unconscious state. The 25-year-old’s coach, Fuentes, jumped into the pool and managed to pull her up before bringing her to the poolside for immediate medical attention.

Alvarez, who still appeared visibly unconscious, was stretchered and taken to the swimming arena medical center amid stunned onlookers.

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The 2021 USA Artistic Swimming Athlete of the Year, Alvarez, was on the hunt for a medal at his third world championships. However, she failed to make the podium after finishing seventh. The gold medal went to Japan’s Yukiko Inui while Ukraine’s Marta Fiedina and Greece’s Evangelia Platanioti won silver and bronze respectively.



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