U.S. Swimmer Anita Alvarez Blacks Out Underwater At World Championships, Saved By Coach

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U.S. creator swimmer Anita Alvarez fainted underwater Wednesday astatine the 2022 FINA World Championships successful Budapest and was rescued by her coach. (See the images below.)

Alvarez was performing her regular successful the solo escaped last erstwhile she mislaid consciousness and sank to the bottommost of the pool, CBS Sports reported.

U.S. manager Andrea Fuentes told the Spanish outlet MARCA that she noticed her jock wasn’t breathing and, erstwhile lifeguards didn’t respond, jumped successful to prevention her.

Fuentes called it a “big scare” but wrote connected Instagram that Alvarez was “okay.”

Photos captured the terrifying sequence:

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OLI SCARFF via Getty Images

OLI SCARFF via Getty Images

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Dean Mouhtaropoulos via Getty Images

Dean Mouhtaropoulos via Getty Images

Alvarez instantly received aesculapian attention, Yahoo reported.

Fuentes estimated that Alvarez wasn’t breathing for astatine slightest 2 minutes “because her lungs were filled with water.”

“Our athletics is nary antithetic than others, conscionable successful a pool, we propulsion done limits and sometimes we find them,” Fuentes wrote connected the Instagram leafage of USA Artistic Swimming (formerly synchronized swimming) aboriginal Thursday.

Fuentes performed a similar rescue connected Alvarez astatine an Olympic qualifying lawsuit successful Spain past twelvemonth ― and Alvarez had astatine slightest 1 erstwhile lawsuit of blacking out, but not successful competition.

The 25-year-old Alvarez, a 2016 Rio Olympian who was competing successful her 3rd satellite championships, recovered and hoped to vie successful the squad escaped lawsuit connected Friday. But her presumption had yet to beryllium determined.

Alvarez “will determine with the doc if she tin aquatics escaped squad finals oregon not,” Fuentes added.

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