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

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

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

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

Álvarez received medical attention poolside, Reuters reported, and was later carried away on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes had to rescue Alvarez, according to Reuters, after he jumped into the pool during an Olympic qualifying event last year and carried her to safety, along with the American’s swim partner Lindi. Schroeder.

Álvarez is pictured competing during the solo free final event.
Fuentes told Spanish broadcaster Cadena COPE in a radio interview: “I think I’ve never swum so fast before, even when I got Olympic medals and well, in the end I was able to pick it up and it wasn’t there.” t breath. Then the lifeguard came.”
In a statement on the USA Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said Alvarez would rest Thursday and see his doctor to see if he would be fit to compete in the team free-swimming finals, which are scheduled for on Friday, according to the website. of the sport’s governing body, FINA.
“Anita is fine, the doctors checked all vital signs and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… everything is fine,” Fuentes said in the statement.

“Sometimes we forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we have all seen images where some athletes do not reach the finish line and others help them to reach it”, Fuentes added.

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

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

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