Scare As Anita Alvarez Escapes Death After Fainting In The Pool

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The American had to be helped by her coach who jumped into the pool to help her athlete out from the foot of the pool.

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American swimmer Anita Alvarez narrowly escaped death on Wednesday at the ongoing World Aquatics Championship ongoing in Budapest, Hungary.


The 25 year old swimmer fell unconscious after her artistic routine during the solo free final and had to be rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.

Brave Fuentes dove into the pool after sensing the occurrence and being later helped by a male swimmer to get her off the foot of the pool and above the surface before regaining consciousness after medical attention by the pool side.

A similar event occurred last year in Barcelona during an Olympic qualifying event when Fuentes also dove in to save Anita after she had fainted in the pool.

The coach took to Instagram after the whole event to give positive update on her athlete. “Anita is okay,” wrote Fuentes on Instagram following Wednesday’s close call. “The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal – [her] heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, et cetera… all is OK.

“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports [such as] 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.”

‘When you finish, you really want to breathe because you hold your breath for a long time and the first thing you want to do is breathe,’ the coach recalled. ‘And I saw she was going down, so I was like immediately knew that something was happening so I went as far as I could and I reach her and grab her to the surface and tried to make her breathe.’ Fuentes told Good Morning America.

Alvarez has now been returned to a stable condition and is doing just fine again after the huge scare.


The swimmer could be competing again just 48 hours after the incident as she’s awaiting updates from the doctors to know if she’s be able to compete in Friday’s free team finals.

Fuentes, a former synchronized swimmer herself who has four Olympic medals to her name revealed Anita will be further assessed by the doctors ascertain whether she’d be able to compete in the free team finals.

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“Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim free team finals or not,” she added.

USA Artistic Swimming said in a statement:  ‘Watching yesterday’s medical emergency of 2x Olympian Anita Alvarez and subsequent rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes was heartbreaking for our community. 

‘She gave an exceptional solo performance and competed brilliantly in four preliminary and three final competitions across six days. 

‘Anita has been evaluated by medical staff and will continue to be monitored. She is feeling much better and using today to rest. 

‘Whether or not she will swim in the free team final on Friday, June 24th will be determined by Anita and expert medical staff.’

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