The quick reaction of Andrea Fuentes avoided a tragedy on Wednesday, June 22, at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest. That was how the events unfolded.
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The Spanish coach of the US team knew something was wrong when she saw the artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez Sink to the bottom of the pool during your routine in the Free Solo Final.
Fuentes, fully clothed, dove in. She swam over to Alvarez, who had lost consciousness from her, hugged her and pulled her to the surface, where another person helped lift her out of the pool.
Álvarez, two-time Olympic swimmer, he had fainted.
“It was his best performance, he just pushed his limits and found them,” Fuentes wrote humorously in an Instagram post.
Alvarez, who received immediate medical attention, was feeling much better Thursday.
“Anita has been evaluated by medical personnel and will continue to be monitored. She feels much better and is taking advantage of today to rest, ”the United States Artistic Swimming Federation reported to Associated Press it’s a statement.
“Seeing yesterday’s medical emergency of 2x Olympian Anita Álvarez and subsequent rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes was heartbreaking for our community. She gave an exceptional solo performance and brilliantly competed in four preliminary competitions and three finals over six days,” she added.
Alvarez finished in seventh place in Wednesday’s individual final.
“Whether or not she will swim in the team freestyle final on Friday… will be determined by Anita and the expert medical staff,” added USA Artistic Swimming.
Fuentes also indicated that Álvarez was much better: “Doctors checked all vital signs and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… everything is fine,” Fuentes wrote.
“Sometimes we forget that this happens in other high endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we have all seen images in which some athletes do not reach the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, it’s just that it’s in a pool, we push the limits and sometimes we find them.
With information from AP.
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