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coach for america artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez reportedly swung into action on Wednesday when the athlete fainted while performing at the World Championships.
Coach Andrea Fuentes took a dip in the pool with all his clothes on and caught Alvarez who was drowning at the bottom of the pool. When he carried the swimmer to the edge of the pool with the help of another person, Alvarez was not breathing.
Alvarez recently ended his solo free program Competition in Budapest.
Fuentes called Alvarez’s swims his “best performance ever” in an Instagram post Wednesday night, adding, “He just pushed his limits and he found them.”
The coach said athletes sometimes drop out or barely finish their races in running and cycling. “Our game is also very tough.”
According to The Guardian, Fuentes said Alvarez planned to take part in Friday’s team event.
“It was a big scare,” Fuentes reportedly told Spanish newspaper Marca. “I was scared because I noticed she wasn’t breathing, but she’s doing great now.”
lvarez is competing in her third World Championships and reportedly fainted after Fuentes had once dived into the competition pool earlier.
“I’ve seen it happen to him,” his mother told WIVB-TV after Alvarez fainted during Olympic qualifying a year earlier. “However, never in competition. I knew immediately. On his last element, I could tell something was up.”