The coach dives into the pool to save the American swimmer at the World Championships

The coach dives into the pool to save the American swimmer at the World Championships

Coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the pool after seeing the 25-year-old artistic swimmer sink to the bottom at the end of her routine in freestyle competition for women.

Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, lifted Alvarez to the surface before helping her lead her to the edge of the pool.

Alvarez received medical help by the pool, Reuters reported, and then he was taken away on a stretcher.

It was the second time that Fuentes had to save Alvarez, according to Reuters, after she jumped into the pool last year during the qualifications for the Olympic Games and pulled her to safety, together with the American swimming partner Linda Schroeder.

Alvarez painted how he competes during the free final competition.
Fuentes told Spanish broadcaster Cadena COPE in a radio interview: “I don’t think I’ve ever swum so fast before, even when I won Olympic medals and I finally managed to lift it, and it’s not breathing.” The savior came later. “
In a statement on the American Instagram page for artistic swimming, Fuentes said that Alvarez will rest on Thursday and consult a doctor to see if she would be able to compete in the finals of free swimming, which should take place on Friday. site. sports governing body, FINA.
“Anita is fine – the doctors checked all the vital signs and everything is fine: pulse, oxygen, sugar level, blood pressure, etc … everything is fine,” Fuentes said in a statement.

“Sometimes we forget that it happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross-country … we have all seen pictures in which some athletes do not reach the goal, and others help them get there,” Fuentes added.

“Our sport is no different from others, only in the pool, we push the boundaries and sometimes we find them. Anita is feeling well now, and doctors also say she is fine. ”

Alvarez finished seventh behind Japan’s Yukiko Inui, who won gold, while Ukraine’s Martha Fiedina and Evangelija Platanioti of Greece finished second and third, respectively, according to the International Swimming Federation (FINA) website.


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