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Synchronized swimmer lost consciousness at World Swimming Championships

BAt the swimming world championships in Budapest on Wednesday there was an incident during the decision in the free solo program of the synchronized swimmers. The American Anita Alvarez fell unconscious in the pool immediately after her performance. She had to be rescued by her trainer and another person.

30 minutes after the incident, a caregiver announced that Alvarez was doing well. The fainting spell was stress-related and was not the first of its kind.

Japan’s Yukiko Inui won the competition with 95.3667 points ahead of Ukraine’s Marta Fiedina (93.8000) and Greece’s Evangelia Platanioti (91.7667). Anita Alvarez scored 87.6333 points and finished seventh.

Marlene Bojer from Munich also showed a strong performance and took tenth place with 84.2000 points. It was the highest number of points and the best World Championship result by a German athlete since the technical and free program were separated in 2007. “I can’t believe it. It’s all like a dream at the moment,” said Bojer. The 29-year-old reached the final four times in four starts in Budapest. After two eleventh places in the technical freestyle in solo and in a duet with Michelle Zimmer, she has now managed to place in the top 10. On Thursday, Bojer will contest the duet performance in the free program with Zimmer as the last World Championship competition.

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