Old footage shows US synchronised swimmer Anita Alvarez collapsing last year in Barcelona


Footage from last year shows US synchronised swimmer Anita Alvarez collapsing in an Olympic qualifier in Barcelona – with coach and four-time Olympic medalist Andrea Fuentes rescuing her on that occasion too

  • Anita Alvarez was dragged out of the pool by her coach in Budapest yesterday
  • Remarkably, it is not the first time the 25-year-old has collapsed in competition
  • Her coach, Andrea, Fuentes had to rescue Alvarez in a similar manner at a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Barcelona in June 2021
  • After her latest collapse in Hungary, Fuentes revealed Alvarez stopped breathing for ‘at least two minutes’ during the ordeal 

Old footage of Anita Alvarez collapsing in the pool last year has come to light once again after the US synchronised swimmer fainted at the World Championships in Budapest. 

Coach Andrea Fuentes had to rescue Alvarez after lifeguards failed to react as she sunk in the pool. She regained consciousness after that and is reportedly recovering well. 

Remarkably though, it is not the first time its happened as Fuentes and one of Alvarez’s team-mates had to rescue Alvarez, 25, in a similar manner at a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Barcelona in June 2021. 

Coach Andrea Fuentes dived into the pool last year to save Anita Alvarez after she fainted

Coach Fuentes and one of Alvarez's teammates helped the 25-year-old synchronised swimmer out of the water after she fainted while performing a routine

Coach Fuentes and one of Alvarez’s teammates helped the 25-year-old synchronised swimmer out of the water after she fainted while performing a routine

‘Unfortunately I’ve seen it happen to her before – never in competition, though,’ Alvarez’s mother Karen said at the time.

‘I knew right away. On their last element, I could tell something was up. It was hard to watch, definitely.’ 

Most synchronised swimming routines require athletes to hold their breath for no more than one minute at a time.

Yet after her latest collapse in Hungary, Fuentes revealed Alvarez stopped breathing for ‘at least two minutes’ during the ordeal following her performance in the women’s solo free event. 

‘I tried to wake her up. Well, I slapped her and opened her jaw. But the truth is that until after we got to the emergency room, she did not breathe for at least two minutes,’ Fuentes said during a Spanish-language interview last night. 

Alvarez lies at the bottom of the pool in the Budapest World Championships after fainting mid competition yesterday

Alvarez lies at the bottom of the pool in the Budapest World Championships after fainting mid competition yesterday

Alvarez's coach Fuentes said she had to leap in because 'the lifeguards weren't doing it'

Alvarez’s coach Fuentes said she had to leap in because ‘the lifeguards weren’t doing it’

The US coach, who was critical of lifeguards after the near-tragedy, had said last night a decision on whether Alvarez would swim in the free team finals tomorrow would be taken on medical advice. 

But today the 39-year-old mum-of-one said Alvarez was determined not to abandon the World Championships.

Fuentes told Spanish daily El Mundo: ‘She doesn’t want to leave here with the photo of her unconscious at the bottom of the pool. In any case in the team events Anita does a lot of pirouettes and very few apneas so she will almost certainly compete.’

Meanwhile, three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion Alla Shishkina has urged US officials to carry out more thorough checks on Alvarez after her laest collapse in Hungary. 

Alvarez (centre) regained consciousness soon after being rescued and is recovering well

Alvarez (centre) regained consciousness soon after being rescued and is recovering well

Members of the US swim team watching the event were seen shouting as they watched on in horror as Alvarez fainted in the pool at the end of her routine

Members of the US swim team watching the event were seen shouting as they watched on in horror as Alvarez fainted in the pool at the end of her routine

‘I think the reason must be looked for somewhere deeper,’ the Russian told Sport24. ‘Maybe check the vessels of the brain, do an in-depth encephalogram. 

‘If a person loses consciousness like this, then obviously not everything is in order, you need to check your health. I wish that Anita was all right, but I would think about a full examination.

‘Athletes are people who, even if it is dangerous to perform, will still do it.’ 





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