Anita Alvarez, the swimmer who represented the United States in the only artistic swimming final at the 2022 World Aquatic Championships held in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, fainted during her performance.
Andrea Fuentes, the coach who jumped into the water, saved the swimmer, who remained motionless underwater.
The American swimmer was said to be in good condition and not in danger of his life.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, Fuentes said: “It was a big scare. As the rescuers didn’t jump I had to jump in the water. I saw he wasn’t breathing and I was very scared. But luckily he’s fine now.”
Fuentes said his athlete will rest on Thursday to compete with Friday’s team.
US broadcaster CBS reported that Alvarez will undergo tests in the coming days to find the cause of the fainting.
The 25-year-old swimmer, competing at the world championship for the third time, was in contention for the medal but finished seventh in the competition. Japanese swimmer Yukiko Inui won the gold medal, Ukrainian Marta Fiedina silver and Greek Evangelia Platanioti bronze.
This isn’t Alvarez’s first outage. The athlete also fainted during Olympic qualifying in Barcelona last year. Speaking to CBS affiliate WIVB television after the incident, Alvarez’s mother said she had seen her daughter pass out before, but it was the first time such an incident had happened during the incident. of a competition.