sport news Three-time Olympic synchronised champion calls for more checks on US swimmer ... trends now

sport news Three-time Olympic synchronised champion calls for more checks on US swimmer ... trends now
sport news Three-time Olympic synchronised champion calls for more checks on US swimmer ... trends now

sport news Three-time Olympic synchronised champion calls for more checks on US swimmer ... trends now

Three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion Alla Shishkina has urged US officials to carry out more thorough checks on Anita Alvarez and to 'look more deeply' into the reasons why she fainted while competing at the World Championships and had to be rescued by her coach.

Alvarez was taking part in the final of the women's solo free event in Budapest on Wednesday when she fell unconscious and sank to the bottom of the pool in shocking and worrying scenes at the Duna Arena.

Her coach Andrea Fuentes leapt into the water and dragged her back to safety with the help of a male lifeguard. Alvarez regained consciousness soon after being rescued from the pool and  received immediate first aid.

The 25-year-old is now set to return to action just 48 hours after the incident as she is in line to compete in the team event on Friday.

Amazingly, it is the second time Alvarez has fainted in a pool during a competition, with Fuentes again coming to her aid during an Olympic qualifying event in Barcelona. 

And Shishkina, who won gold medals in the team competition at three consecutive Olympics between London 2012 and Tokyo 2020, believes further checks should be conducted on Alvarez before the American competes again.

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

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

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

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

Alvarez is rescued by her heroic coach Andrea Fuentes after losing consciousness and sinking to the bottom of the pool at the World Championships in Budapest

Alvarez is rescued by her heroic coach Andrea Fuentes after losing consciousness and sinking to the bottom of the pool at the World Championships in Budapest

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

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

'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.' 

Shiskina claims Alvarez may have little choice to compete in the team event, given her standing in the squad, and suggested the problem experienced by the American was not caused by the warm temperatures in the pool.

It's not the first time the swimmer has fainted in the pool - she did so in Barcelona last year, and Fuentes also saved her on that occasion

It's not the first time the swimmer has fainted in the pool - she did so in Barcelona last year, and Fuentes also saved her on that occasion

The Olympic athlete gained consciousness shortly after she was dragged from the bottom of the pool by her heroic coach

The Olympic athlete gained consciousness shortly after she was dragged from the bottom of the pool by her heroic coach

'I think that Anita will not even think now whether she will survive or not, but will simply perform,' Shiskina said. 

'I saw that in the group she stands on supports. Usually, the person who stands on the supports can be said to be indispensable, so she simply has no choice, she will have

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