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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2022. 2:06 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Wednesday, Coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the pool at the World Championships in Hungary after American swimmer, Anita Alvarez lost consciousness.

On Wednesday, 25-year-old Alvarez was participating in the competition when she lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of the pool at the end of her routine.

Coach Fuentes, a 4-time Olympic medalist dived in to rescue her. Alvarez then received medical attention and is said to be doing ok.

Alvarez had competed in the 2016 and 2020       Olympics. She is also the 2021 Artistic swimming athlete of the year.

Coach Fuentes told CNN that she jumped in after she had alerted the lifeguards but they didn’t react.

“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,” Fuentes said.

“Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them. Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay,” she added.

 

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