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It was a big scare – Anita Alvarez rescued by coach after fainting in pool

Anita Alvarez is carried on a stretcher after collapsing in Budapest (Anna Szilagyi/AP)
Anita Alvarez is carried on a stretcher after collapsing in Budapest (Anna Szilagyi/AP)

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was “not breathing” when she was rescued from the bottom of the pool after fainting at the World Aquatics Championships.

The 25-year-old lost consciousness after completing her solo free final routine in Budapest on Wednesday.

Alvarez’s coach Andrea Fuentes responded to the drama by diving in fully clothed to pull the swimmer to safety.

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Anita Alvarez competes in her artistic swimming event at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest before fainting and sinking to the bottom of the pool (AP)

“It was a big scare,” four-time Olympic medallist Fuentes was reported as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I was scared because I saw she was not breathing, but now she is doing very well.

“She only had water in her lungs, once she started breathing again everything was OK.”

And speaking to Spanish radio, she said: “It felt like a whole hour. I said things weren’t right, I was shouting at the lifeguards to get into the water, but they didn’t catch what I said or they didn’t understand.

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Fans and teammates looked on anxiously after Anita Alvarez collapsed at the World Aquatics Championships (Anna Szilagyi/AP)

“She wasn’t breathing. I went as quickly as I could, as if it were an Olympic final.”

Alvarez was given medical attention poolside before being taken away on a stretcher.

In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said Alvarez would be assessed by doctors on Thursday before a decision was made on her competing in Friday’s team event.

Fuentes said: “Anita is OK – the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is OK.

“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports.

“Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there.

“Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them.