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Andrea Fuentes said she soon sank to the bottom of her pool when artistic swimmerAnita Alvarez couldn't breathe during Wednesday's solo free routine. I noticed something was wrong with.
When Alvarez fainted, she was competing in the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Fentes jumped into the pool, fully dressed, to rescue the swimmer. Fuentes starred in ABC's "Good Morning America" and she talked about her thoughts when she jumped into the water to save Alvarez.
"When I'm done, I've been holding my breath for a long time, so I really want to breathe. The first thing I want to do is breathe," the coach said in the program.
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Anita Alvarez in the United States is receiving medical care in the Women's Solo Free Final. (REUTERS / Lisa Leutner)
"And I thought she was lying down, so I immediately knew something was happening. I went as fast as I could, and I reached out to her, grabbed her on the surface of the water, and tried to calm her down and breathe. "
Fuentes, Spain In an interview with Marca, the news agency, he added that he jumped into the pool because he didn't see the lifeguard doing it.
"She was scared because she saw her not breathing, but she feels good now. She is in the best condition," she said.
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Dramatic images in the pool It was captured. Two-time Olympic athlete Alvarezwas treated byand was doing well on Thursday.
Anita Alvarez in the United States provides medical care among women I'm receiving a solo free final. (REUTERS / Lisa Leutner)
Team USA member, right, Anita Alvarez of the United States from under the pool in the women's solo free artistic swimming final at the Alfred Hahos Swimming Complex at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships (left) Recovered Budapest June 22, 2022.(OliScarff / AFP via Getty Images)
Anita Alvarez of the United States will perform in women's solo-free qualifying. (REUTERS / Marton Monus)
Fentes has released her statementthrough the USA Artistic Swimming Instagram page.
"Anita is okay — the doctor checks all vitals and everything is normal, including heart rate, oxygen, sugar content, blood pressure ... everything is okay. That this happens in other durable sports. I can forget. Marathon, cycling, cross-country ... I've seen images of some athletes not reaching the finish line and helping others reach the finish line. "
"Our sport is no different from any other sport, in the pool, beyond the limits, sometimes finding the limits. Anita feels right now. Well, the doctor will decide with the doctor if she will be able to take a break all day and swim in the free team finals tomorrow. Good luck to Anita. "
According to the Guardian, Alvarez will be competing in a team event on Friday, Fentes said.
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"It happens to her "Before I saw it," Alvarez's mother told WIVB-TV. "But I'm never competing. I knew right away. I knew something was happening in their last element."
Fox News Brie Stimson contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is a sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. You can send story tips to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.