American swimmer Anita Alvarez is respiration a sigh of reduction on Thursday after her coach dramatically rescued her when the athlete fainted and sank to the underside of the swimming pool in the course of her routine on Wednesday night time.
The dramatic scenes unfolded on the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, whereas Alvarez, 25, was competing within the last of the ladies’s solo free occasion and out of the blue misplaced consciousness, inflicting her to sink to the underside of the competitors pool.
Andrea Fuentes, Alvarez’s coach, instantly dove into the water and was in a position to pull Alvarez to the floor earlier than the swimmer was taken off for medical remedy on a stretcher as the remainder of Team USA, who had been watching the competitors inside the world, seemed on clearly shaken by the ordeal.
Fuentes, talking completely to “Good Morning America” on Thursday, defined what was going via her thoughts through the ordeal.
“When you finish, you really want to breathe because you hold your breath for a long time and the first thing you want to do is breathe,” Fuentes mentioned. “And I thought she was going down, so I was like, immediately, [I] knew that something was happening so I went as fast as I could. And I reach her and grab her to the surface and tried to calm her down and make her breathe.”
Fuentes started administering CPR till medics and the crew physician had been in a position to take over.
“Anita is okay,” Fuentes mentioned in a press release after the terrifying incident. “The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is okay.”
Fuentes continued: “We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them.”
Even after having to be rescued, Alvarez nonetheless managed to complete the competitors in seventh place with a last rating of 87.6333.
Alvarez suffered via an analogous occasion on the FINA Olympic Games Artistic Swimming Qualification Tournament in Barcelona in June 2021 when she fainted whereas competing and Fuentes got here to her quick help within the pool once more on that event.
For now, nevertheless, a call on whether or not or not Alvarez will proceed on on this yr’s competitors has but to be made.
“Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay,” concluded Fuentes. “Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim free team finals or not. Thank you for all of your well wishes for Anita.”