Two-time Olympic swimmer Anita Alvarez passed out and sank to the bottom of the pool during the world championship of Swimming on Wednesday in budapest. Fortunately, the coach of USA he saved the day with his quick reaction, in a heroic act that was captured in footage that shocked the world.
Andrea Fuentes He knew something was wrong when he saw artistic swimmer Anita Álvarez sink motionless to the bottom of the pool during an artistic swim free solo routine. Fuentes, fully clothed, he did not hesitate and dove after his colleague. She swam over to the unresponsive Alvarez, hugged her and lifted her to the surface of the water, where another person helped her out of the pool.
Alvarez wasreally good” on Thursday and the medical tests showed that everything was “under controlSources told CNN. “It was his best performance, simply he chased his limits and found them“explained the four-time Olympic medalist in Spain. Álvarez had passed out in the water, received poolside medical attention, and was later taken away on a stretcher.
The coach told CNN that while the event might have seemed surprising to the world, not so uncommon in sport, where swimmers often hold their breath for long periods of time. Towards the end of Álvarez’s routine, Fuentes noticed that the swimmer’s feet seemed paler than normal, which caught his attention. And when she saw Alvarez go down instead of up to breathe, she knew he had to act.
“I was already paying attention, and then I saw her fallSources said.I didn’t even wonder if I should go or not, I just thought I wasn’t going to wait“. Asked if he felt lifeguards didn’t react quickly enough to the situation, Fuentes said the problem was easier for him to spot because “I know Anita very well and I know the sport very well. They did their job, I did mineSources said.
In an update to Instagram That same day, the official United States artistic swimming account shared a statement from Fuentes, who said that the doctors had thoroughly examined Álvarez and that was recovering. She thanked people for their well wishes and said the athlete was “felt good now“.
“Sometimes we forget that this happens in other high resistance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we have all seen images where some athletes do not reach the finish line and others help them get there. Our sport is no different from others, only in a poolFuentes reflected on his actions.
Wednesday marked the second time Alvarez, 25, passes out while swimming. also mark the second time Fuentes jumps to save her. In Barcelona last year, the swimmer fainted during a qualifying event for the Olympic Games, prompting her trainer to dive in and pull her out of the water. It’s unclear what caused Alvarez’s collapse, but the sport often requires swimmers to hold their breath.
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Fuentes’s dramatic rescue was captured on camera by Oli Scarf, who was in the pool recording the performances of the competitors with the help of a remote robotic underwater camera. One image shows Fuentes, fully clothed, reaching out underwater as she tries to grab the unconscious swimmer. Another shows the couple entwined as Fuentes guides them both for air.
Scarff told CNN that he was looking at his computer toward the end of Alvarez’s routine when he heard some commotion. He looked at the screen of what the robotic camera captured and saw the swimmer at the bottom of the pool: “It was a shocking thing to see because as soon as I looked back at the robotic camera, I had a clear view of the scene.said the photographer.
“He went immediately from photographing these beautiful images of this incredible athlete performing… to then, in the blink of an eye, we are now photographing a near death situation. He was quite shocked, actually“, he confessed.