At the swimming world championships in Budapest on Wednesday 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 caregiver announced that Alvarez was doing well. The fainting spell was stress-related and was not the first of its kind.
Synchronized swimmer Marlene Bojer is one of the world’s top ten in the solo free program competition. Thanks to a strong performance at the world title fights in Budapest, the woman from Munich scored 84.2000 points on Wednesday and thus finished 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.
The Japanese Yukiko Inui won her second title, who also won the free dance with 95.3667 points after the competition in the technical dance. She relegated Marta Fiedina from Ukraine and Evangelia Platanioti from Greece.
“I can not 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.