Artist swimmer Anita Alvarez “breathed for at least two minutes” when she fainted and fell under the pool at the World Championships, said her sharp-witted coach who saved her life. “I don’t think she was breathing for at least two minutes because her lungs were full of water,” said coach Andrea Feventus, a four-time Olympic artistic swimming medalist. The swimmer’s heart was pounding. “He vomited water, coughed and that’s it, but it was a big fear,” Fonts said.
The 25-year-old sank under the pool after being passed out at the end of her routine during Wednesday night’s solo free final in Budapest.
Meanwhile, as it turned out that Alvarez had fainted while competing earlier, local organizers and the game’s governing body came under fire when lifeguards were accused of not reacting immediately to the incident. went.
Fuentes, could see warning signs that Alvarez was in trouble.
‘She was going down’
“I noticed that his feet were a little whiter than usual, so I didn’t have to bleed as usual,” Fonts told the BBC. “Usually when you finish what you really want to do is breathe but it was going down instead of up.”
Dressed in fonts, shorts and a T-shirt, he dived under the pool and dragged Alvarez to the surface.
“It was a big scare. I had to jump because the lifeguards weren’t doing that,” Fonts told Spanish media.
“When I saw him drowning, I looked at the rescuers, but I saw that they were stunned. They didn’t react.”
“I thought, ‘Will you jump now?’ I’m nervous. “
Alvarez was taken on a stretcher to Poole Medical Center, with teammates and spectators appearing on the side of the shock pool, some comforting and shedding tears.
The USA Artistic Team released a statement from Fonts on Thursday morning stating that Alvarez had fainted as a result of his routine efforts.
“Sometimes we forget that it happens in other high endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country … our sports are not different from others, just in a pool, we cross the line and sometimes we meet. Let’s go. “
“Anita is feeling better now and the doctors say she is fine.”
Alyssa Jacobs, a spokeswoman for the U.S. team, said Wednesday’s incident was not the first time Alvarez had fainted.
“It happened to him once last year at an Olympic qualifying tournament when he competed in a pair,” Jacobs said.
“Before, he had a number of unconscious problems but never competed.”
On Thursday, Bella Merkel, head of Hungary’s medical service, told local media that staff had followed “extremely strict FINA rules” that “determine when lifeguards can intervene.”
‘Sense of danger’
“Under the rules, members of the panel of judges assigned by FINA can jump into the pool to indicate that any eventuality may disrupt the competition program,” Merkel said.
“There was no such signal from the judges during Wednesday’s final, and it doesn’t matter that if a coach points to them, they are not allowed to interfere.”
“After the coach jumped into the pool at his own risk, the local lifeguards, realizing the danger … decided to intervene immediately, so eventually the American rival got out of the pool with their help.”
The governing body FINA also pointed out that the incident was well over.
“FINA is in close contact with Anita Alvarez, her team and medical staff following the medical emergency during the solo free final of Artistic Swimming,” she said in a statement.
“Ms. Alvarez was immediately treated by a medical team at the venue and is OK.”
Jacobs said Alvarez could still play in the team-free final on Friday.
“Anita is recovering and resting today. Both our team doctor and the event’s medical staff have reviewed her thoroughly. She currently has one final event left to participate in the 2022 World Championships. And she’ll decide if she feels better. If she’s medically clear, fight tomorrow, “Jacobs said.
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