Dramatic rescue at world championships after swimmer faints and sinks to bottom of pool squib

  • Artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez pulled out unconscious by coach
  • American ‘doing very well’ and hopes to compete again on Friday

Anita Alvarez was the centre of a dramatic episode at the world swimming championships in Budapest on Wednesday when the artistic swimmer had to be rescued from the bottom of the pool by her coach after losing consciousness in the water.

American Alvarez had completed her solo free final at the World Aquatics Championships when she fainted and sank to the bottom of the pool. Andrea Fuentes, her coach, quickly realised something was amiss and dived in fully clothed to pull Alvarez up to the surface.

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