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The 2022 World Aquatics Championships took a scary flip when Olympian Anita Alvarez appeared to faint within the pool

On June 22, the 26-year-old Team USA creative swimmer was rescued by her swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, who jumped into the water to save lots of her.

In photos captured of the life-saving second, Alvarez may very well be seen floating towards the underside of the pool, seemingly unconscious, after ending her solo free routine in Budapest, Hungary. Fuentes—who beforehand received 4 synchronized swimming Olympic medals for Spain—heroically leapt within the pool and was later photographed pulling the swimmer as much as the floor of the water. The coach and an unidentified man then dragged Alvarez to the sting of the pool, the place she obtained medical attention earlier than being taken away on a stretcher, per the Olympic Video games web site.

"Anita is okay," Fuentes mentioned in an announcement shared on the USA Inventive Swimming Instagram page June 22.

"We generally overlook that this occurs in different high-endurance sports activities," she continued. "Marathon, biking, cross nation… all of us have seen photos the place some athletes do not make it to the end line and others assist them to get there. Our sport is not any totally different than others, simply in a pool, we push by way of limits and generally we discover them."

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The coach added, "Anita feels good now and the medical doctors additionally say she is okay. Tomorrow she's going to relaxation all day and can resolve with the physician if she will be able to swim free crew finals or not. Thanks for your entire effectively needs for Anita." 

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