The FINA World Championships were rocked by a heart-wrenching moment on Wednesday when swimmer Anita Alvarez had to be rescued after falling unconcious and sinking to the bottom of the pool. The American was competing in the final of the women’s solo free event and had just finished her routine when she began sinking to the bottom of the pool.
Alvarez’s coach, Andrea Fuentes, was first to react to the harrowing scenes as she jumped into the deep pool. The 25-year-old was not breathing when she was brought to the surface before being taken away to the medical centre.
Team USA later issued a statement that Alvarez was recovering well and that “feels good now”. Fuentes opened up on the rescue after the incident and even hinted that Alvarez will return to compete on Friday.
“Anita is okay – the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal – [her] heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, et cetera… all is OK,” she said. “We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports [such as] marathon, cycling, cross country.
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