At the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships on Wednesday, Anita Alvarez performed her solo free routine. She passed out mid-performance and fell swiftly to the pool’s bottom. Andrea Fuentes, Alvarez’s trainer, made a split-second decision, dove into the water, and pulled her to the top.
This is according to AP News, which broke the news of Fuentes’ bravery early on Thursday.
Following the rescue, the two-time Olympic medalist received medical care. Additionally, she is recovering well, according to USA Artistic Swimming.
“Medical personnel have assessed Anita, and she will be monitored going forward. She feels much better and is taking advantage of today to rest, the group told The Associated Press.
Alvarez had previously competed during the first six days of the championships in four preliminary and three final contests. On Wednesday, she finished seventh in the individual final.
Although it was a frightening scene, this wasn’t the first time Fuentes had saved Alvarez. Alvarez and Lindi Schroeder were performing their free duet routine at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament for the year 2021 in Barcelona about a year ago. Alvarez passed out near the end of the routine, which prompted Fuentes to swim after her (according to WIVB).
On Fridаy, the free teаm finаl will feаture Alvаrez’s teаm. Her pаrticipаtion in the competition “will be decided by Anitа аnd expert medicаl stаff,” USA Artistic Swimming told The Associаted Press.