The absence of American Alvarez in the team competition

Alvares’ name was mentioned in earlier versions of the entry list with the American team, but 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 Spanish coach Andrea Fuentes after drowning and unable to breathe during her performance in the singles freestyle final.

And Alvarez expressed shock at the photos published by Agence France-Presse showing her unconscious before he thought she was “pretty in a way.”

“At first I was shocked, I didn’t expect to publish something like this,” she told the Spanish daily El Pais.

“But then I looked at it on the bright side. I like the photos in a way now. I see myself calm and peaceful, and I see Andrea diving and reaching out to try 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 still under it. You feel light and focused on yourself. Sometimes I need this moment. In the photos it looks very natural.”

For her part, Fuentes, the former world champion, explained the moments of the accident: “It was terrifying. I had to jump because the rescuers didn’t.”

Fuentes, 39, dove to the bottom of the pool in her shorts and shirt and pulled Alvares 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 she put in 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.

“I think she didn’t breathe for at least two minutes because her lungs were full of water. But we managed to get her to a good spot. She vomited water and coughed, but it was very scary.”

“When I saw her drowning, I looked at the rescuers, but I saw they were shocked. They didn’t react. I said to myself ‘are you going to dive?’ I reacted quickly and told myself I couldn’t watch.”

“I didn’t think about it, I jumped. I think it was the weirdest, fastest free dive I’ve ever done in my career. I picked it up and lifted it, it was tough, it wasn’t easy.”