Anita Alvarez of United States, center, is taken from the pool after collapsing during the solo free final of the artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)
(Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)
A big scare occurred Wednesday at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, when American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez lost consciousness during a routine and sank to the bottom of the pool before being rescued by her coach, Andrea Fuentes, according to multiple sources.
What happened to Anita Alvarez?
According to a story by Andrew Das of The New York Times, Alvarez was competing in her solo event at the championships when she lost consciousness near the end of the routine.
When no lifeguard came to Alvarez’s rescue, Fuentes said, she made the decision to jump in the pool to try to save her.
According to a story by Reuters, Alvarez was examined poolside before being taken away on a stretcher.
In a statement on the official USA Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes is quoted as saying in part, “(Thursday) 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.”
Anita Alvarez previous fainting incident
Das noted in his story that a similar incident happened to Alvarez last year at an Olympic qualifying event in Spain, and she performed again just a few hours later.
Like on Wednesday, Fuentes also jumped in the pool to save Alvarez in that incident, according to a story …read more
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