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The coach of American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez reportedly sprang into action on Wednesday when the athlete passed out while performing at the World Championships.
Coach Andrea Fuentes dove into the pool with all his clothes on and caught Alvarez sinking to the bottom of the pool. When she brought the swimmer to the edge of the pool with the help of another person, Alvarez was not breathing.
Alvarez had just completed his solo freestyle event at the competition in Budapest.
Fuentes called Alvarez’s swimming “the best performance ever” in an Instagram post on Wednesday night, adding, “she just pushed her limits and she found them.”
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The coach noted that athletes sometimes faint or barely finish races in running and cycling. “Our sport is very tough too.”
Alvarez plans to compete in Friday’s team event, Fuentes said, according to The Guardian.
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“It was a big scare,” Fuentes reportedly told Spanish newspaper Marca. “I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine.”
Alvarez is competing in her third world championships and Fuentes is believed to have already dived into the competition pool when she passed out.
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“I’ve seen it before,” his mother told WIVB-TV after watching Alvarez pass out during Olympic qualifying a year ago. “Never competed, though. I knew straight away. On their last item, I could tell something was wrong.”