Shock in solo freestyle: trainer saves unconscious World Cup participant from water

Shock in solo freestyle
Trainer saves unconscious World Cup participant from water

This free program ends with a big shock: In the synchronized swimming competition, Anita Alvarez collapses in the water after her solo free program. Your trainer saves the American. Marlene Bojer, on the other hand, is pure joy. For the German, the final is a complete success.

At the swimming world championships in Budapest, there was an incident in the decision in the free solo freestyle 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 supervisor announced that the 25-year-old was doing well. The fainting spell was stress-related and was not the first of its kind. “When you see it live, your heart really stops and you just think: For God’s sake,” said German participant Marlene Bojer, describing the scene, which fortunately had no serious consequences. It didn’t affect Alvarez’ placement, she ended up seventh.

Three places behind the American, but much happier was Bojer himself. The competition was a complete success for the German. The woman from Munich is one of the ten best in the world in the solo competition of the free program. Thanks to a strong performance at the world title fights, she scored 84.2000 points and was tenth. It was both 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. “Super awesome, super great,” she rejoiced: “I wouldn’t have dreamed of that. It’s awesome that it’s on paper now.” 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 made it into the top ten. On Thursday, Bojer will contest the duet performance in the free program with Zimmer as the last World Championship competition.

The oldest participant in the field, Yukiko Inui from Japan, won her second title. She got 95.3667 points and after the competition in the technical freestyle she also won the freestyle. She relegated Marta Fiedina from Ukraine and Evangelia Platanioti from Greece.

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