Fainting robs the World Swimming Championships of Alvarez .’s creativity

Budapest (AFP)

American Anita Alvarez, who was rescued from the pelvis by her coach after passing out in synchronized swimming matches at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, missed Friday’s team final as the title went to China. †
Alvarez’s name was mentioned in earlier versions of the entry list with the US team, but she was replaced by Eugene Chang before the start of the competition.
An International Swimming Federation (FINA) official revealed that his organization had asked Alvarez on Friday to undergo a full medical examination, but said he was not aware of the results.
Alvarez, 25, was dramatically rescued from the bottom of the pool on Wednesday by her Spanish coach Andrea Fuentes after she drowned and was unable to breathe during her performance in the singles freestyle final.
Alvarez expressed her shock at the photos published by Agence France-Presse, which showed her unconscious before he found her “beautiful in a way.”
She told the Spanish newspaper El Pais: At first I was shocked, I did not expect to publish something similar.
She continued: But then I looked at it on the bright side. Now I think the pictures are beautiful in a way. To see myself calm and peaceful and Andrea diving as she reached out and tried to see me as a superhero.
The photos, taken by a robot placed at the bottom of the pelvis, have been published by many media outlets.
The American added: Sometimes the quietest place in the world is underwater: when you sit quietly under it. You feel light and focused on yourself. Sometimes I need this moment. It looks very normal in the pictures.
For her part, Fuentes, the former world champion, explained the moments of the incident: it was terrifying. I had to jump because the rescuers didn’t.
Fuentes, 39, dipped her pants and shirt to the bottom of the pool and dragged Alvarez to the surface before being helped to the pool’s edge.
Alvarez was carried on a stretcher to the facility’s medical center, where her teammates and fans appeared in shock as her team said she passed out from the exertion during her performance.
Alvarez, who is competing in the world championships for the third time, also passed out during the Olympic qualifiers in Barcelona last year.
In another interview, Fuentes criticized the lifeguards’ slow response to the World Championships, which end on July 2, after nearly two weeks of competition.
She said: I think she stayed without breathing for at least two minutes because her lungs were full of water. But we managed to get her to a good place, she vomited water and coughed but it was very scary.
She added: When I saw her drowning, I looked at the rescuers, but I saw that they were shocked. They didn’t respond. I said to myself, “Are you going to dive in?” I responded quickly and told myself I couldn’t watch.
I didn’t think about it, she continued. I think it was the weirdest and fastest freedive I’ve ever done in my career. I carried it and lifted it, it was heavy, it was not easy.
The United States finished ninth in the final of this competition, while the gold went to China, which brought the total to four titles in rhythmic swimming during the current run.
The silver went to Ukraine, while Japan took the bronze by finishing third.