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An American professional synchronized swimmer passed out in the middle of the routine at the World Championships and had to be rescued by her coach after she sank to the bottom of the pool.

Anita Alvarez, 25, lost consciousness while competing in the final of the women’s solo freestyle event in Budapest on Wednesday.

Her trainer Andrea Fuentes rushed to her rescue, diving into the water and bringing her to the surface with the help of a man.

Alvarez regained consciousness shortly after getting out of the water and received emergency first aid.

Ms Fuentes said she was ‘fine and the doctors also said she was fine’ in a statement on Instagram.

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Alvarez at the bottom of the pool after passing out

“Anita’s solo was so good too, it was her best performance ever, she just pushed her limits and she found them,” she wrote.

“We all know it happens in other sports: cycling, marathon, track and field… some don’t make it to the finish line and some even end up crawling or fainting.

“Our sport is very difficult too. Now it’s time to rest and recover.”

In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Ms Fuentes said Alvarez would be evaluated by doctors on Thursday before a decision is made on whether he will compete in Friday’s team event.

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Ms. Fuentes brings Alvarez back to the surface

The swimmer passed out in the middle of the routine before

This isn’t the first time the Team USA swimmer has passed out in the pool.

Last year, Alvarez lost consciousness during an Olympic qualifying event in Barcelona, ​​where Ms Fuentes also rescued her and she eventually finished seventh.

After Wednesday’s incident in Budapest, the coach told reporters it was a “big scare” as it looked like Alvarez had stopped breathing.

She told Spanish radio: “It was like a whole hour. I said things weren’t right, I was yelling at the rescuers to get in the water, but they didn’t understand what I said or they didn’t understand.

“She wasn’t breathing. I went as fast as I could, like it was an Olympic final.”

His teammates looked visibly distressed as they watched the incident unfold.

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