The American swimmer Anita Álvarez has starred this Wednesday in the most dramatic moment of the World Swimming Championships held in Budapest.
The athlete was finishing her exercise during the final of the artistic swimming free solo in the Margarita Island pool when, about to finish her performance, she lost consciousness and remained at the bottom of the pool without showing signs of reaction.
Quickly, her trainer, the Spanish Andrea Fuentes, who was dressed as a street, dove into the water to get her afloat while the medical assistance arrived.
Between Fuentes and a member of the tournament organization, they managed to get the 25-year-old swimmer out of the pool so that she could be attended to by the health team, who quickly took her out of the enclosure on a stretcher.
Minutes later, once the test was over, the American team reported on their social networks that Álvarez was "fine" and out of danger.
Anita Alvarez, out of the water, is treated by an emergency team. Anna Szilagyi (AP)
Fuentes, whose intervention was essential to avoid a worse situation, is the most successful swimmer in the history of Spanish swimming, winner of three Olympic silvers and one bronze, 13 World Cup medals, and 11 medals in absolute European Championships.
For years she was in a relationship with Gemma Mengual and after she retired from the pools in 2013, she has been training various athletes.
One of them, Anita Álvarez, who saved her life this Wednesday.
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