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FINA decision on transgender athletes may have ripple effects on other sport's governing bodies

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(NEW YORK) -- A stance on transgender athletes made by one of the world’s most important athletic federations has sent ripples throughout the rest of the sports world and some fear it may bring even wider changes to come.

The governing body of international competitive swimming announced a policy that will only allow athletes who’ve transitioned before the age of 12 to take part in any of the elite international swimming competitions.

The decision made by FINA pointed to what the organization says is a “performance gap” that emerges between biological males and females during puberty.

"Without eligibility standards based on biological sex or sex-linked traits, we are very unlikely to see biological females in finals, on podiums, or in championship positions,” read the statement in part.

The policy also includes a proposal for a new open competition category, which athletes “would be able to compete without regard to their sex, their legal gender or their gender identity.”

FINA cited coming to the decision after consulting with scientists and policy makers, but the policy still sent shockwaves throughout the world of swimming and beyond. USA Wrestling and the International Rugby League have already followed suit and announced similar policies and other governing bodies are likely to follow suit.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, and World Athletics, the international governing body that covers track and field events, also announced a review of their transgender athlete policy.

Transgender athlete Schuyler Bailar said the FINA policy is “extreme.”

“It's the most extreme policy that I’ve read to date. I think it builds upon the discrimination that we're seeing specifically on trans people,” said Bailar, who was the first openly transgender swimmer in NCAA Division 1 competition and the first trans man to compete in any NCAA Division 1 sport, to ABC News.

The decision could impact athletes like Lia Thomas, whose record-breaking season in the women’s swim category set off a firestorm of international controversy. Thomas, who was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania men’s swim team and competed with them for three seasons, began transitioning in 2019 and joined the women’s team for the 2021 to 2022 season.

Earlier this year, Thomas made history as the first transgender athlete to win a NCAA Division 1 National championship. That season, she set Ivy league records and rose significantly in the women’s rankings versus her performance in the men’s field.

In her only television interview, Thomas spoke to ABC News in May.

“Trans women competing in women's sports does not threaten women's sports as a whole,” said Thomas. “Trans women are a very small minority of all athletes and we haven't seen any massive wave of trans women dominating.”

At the time, Thomas told ABC News that her goal was to swim at the Olympic Trials. But now, the new policy change prohibits Thomas from achieving those dreams.

In a statement to ABC News, Thomas said, “The new FINA release is deeply upsetting. It is discriminatory and will only serve to harm all women.”

Former Southern Illinois University swimmer Natalie Fahey was one of the first openly trans women to compete in the NCAA. Unlike Thomas, Fahey didn’t break any records and her races were far less controversial.

“After I transitioned, I was solidly middle ground. I didn't come in and break any records,” said Fahey. “I only competed at a conference, but certainly just the fact that I'm not as good as Lia is, weighs into that.”

Fahey added that being able to swim as a woman was crucial to her.

Three-time Olympic Gold-medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar is the founder of Champion Women, a non-profit organization that advocates for gender equality in sports for women and girls. She said she advocates for the open competition category.

“Trans women are women, but there are a few places where biology really matters and women’s sports is one of them,” she said.

But Bailar argues that the policy will have a lasting impact on trans youth that expands beyond sports.

“Most people play sports for fun, to learn cooperation, to have a team, to have peer mentorship,” said Bailar. “This [policy] polices all women because you have to know which girls are trans in order to exclude them. And when you do that, you enforce the policing of all women's bodies.”

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/5/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 6, San Diego 2
Miami 2, LA Angels 1
Pittsburgh 5, NY Yankees 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 10, Texas 9
Detroit 11, Cleveland 4
Tampa Bay 8, Boston 4
Houston 9, Kansas City 7
Minnesota 8, Chi White Sox 2
Oakland 5 Toronto 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 1 NY. Mets 0
Philadelphia 11, Washington 0
Final Atlanta 7 St. Louis 1
Chi Cubs 8, Milwaukee 3
Arizona 6, San Francisco 2
LA Dodgers 5 Colorado 2

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Seattle 95, Indiana 73
Dallas 82, Connecticut 71

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WNBA star Maya Moore has baby with now-husband she helped free from prison

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(NEW YORK) -- Basketball star turned activist Maya Moore and her husband, Jonathan Irons, are now parents to a baby boy.Moore and Irons revealed exclusively on "Good Morning America" Tuesday that they welcomed their first child, a son named Jonathan Hughston Irons Jr., in February.

Moore and Irons wed in 2020, shortly after Irons was freed after spending over two decades in prison.

Moore, who won four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx and as well as league MVP in 2014, stepped away from the game at the height of her career to focus full time on helping Irons overturn his conviction.

At 16 years old, Irons was tried and convicted as an adult by an all-white jury for the burglary and shooting at the home of 38-year-old Stanley Stotler. Irons maintained his innocence while he was in prison, saying he was wrongly identified during the lineup.

Moore and Irons formed a close friendship in 2007, before her freshman year at the University of Connecticut, when she met him through a prison ministry she participated in with extended family in Missouri.

After years of fighting, a Missouri judge overturned Irons' conviction in March 2020, saying there were problems with the way the case had been investigated and tried -- including a fingerprint report that would've proved Irons' innocence, not being turned over to his defense team.

Irons told "GMA" in September 2020, when the couple announced their marriage, that he proposed to Moore on the night he was freed.

"When I got out, we were in the hotel room, we had some friends in the room, it was winding down and we were extremely tired, but we were still gassed up on excitement," Irons recalled. "It was just me and her in the room and I got down on my knees and I looked up at her and she kind of knew what was going on and I said, 'Will you marry me?' She said, 'Yes.'"

The couple's love story and fight for justice is featured in an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary, "Breakaway," that was released last year.

ABC News' Kelly McCarthy and Shannon McClellan contributed to this report.

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Brittney Griner asks Biden to help get her out of Russia in handwritten letter

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(WASHINGTON) -- Brittney Griner personally reached out to President Joe Biden, urging him to help get her out of Russian custody, according to her representatives.

A handwritten letter from Griner, portions of which were made public, was delivered to the White House on Monday. In it, she expressed fears she will be held in Russia "forever."

"As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I'm terrified I might be here forever," Griner wrote to the president.

On Feb. 17, the WNBA star was detained at Russia's Sheremetyevo International Airport after being accused of having vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is illegal in the country.

"It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate [the Fourth of July] because freedom means something completely different to me this year," she wrote.

Last Friday marked the first day of Griner's trial. She appeared in person at a courtroom in Khimki, a suburb of Moscow, ABC News reported. Her detention in Russia was extended to Dec. 20, the expected length of her trial.

Griner's family and friends have called for the Phoenix Mercury star to be released and for the Biden administration to act.

"I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She's a political pawn," Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, told ABC News' Robin Roberts in May. "So, if they're holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it."

In the Monday letter, the basketball star asked Biden to not forget about her and other American detainees in the country and to work toward bringing them back to the U.S.

"I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore. I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are suffering so much right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do at this moment to get me home," she said.

It's unknown if Biden read the letter, but National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement obtained by ABC News the president "has been clear" about seeing all detainees who are wrongfully detained oversees, including the WNBA star, released.

"The U.S. government continues to work aggressively – using every available means – to bring her home," Watson said.

ABC News' Courtney Condron and Sarah Kolinovsky contributed to this report.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/01/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

 INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Chicago Cubs        6  Boston          5
 Final  N.Y. Mets           4  Texas           3
 Final  Chicago White Sox   1  San Francisco   0
   
 AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Toronto       9  Tampa Bay     2
 Final  Kansas City   3  Detroit       1
 Final  Minnesota     3  Baltimore     2
 Final  Houston       8  L.A. Angels   1
 Final  Oakland       3  Seattle       1
  N-Y Yankees  at  Cleveland  12:10 p.m.  (Postponed)
   
 NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Miami          6  Washington   3
 Final  Philadelphia   5  St. Louis    3
 Final  Atlanta        9  Cincinnati   1
 Final  Milwaukee     19  Pittsburgh   2
 Final  Arizona        9  Colorado     3
 Final  L.A. Dodgers   5  San Diego    1
   
 WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Las Vegas    91  Minnesota  85
 Final  Los Angeles  97  Dallas     89
 Final  Seattle      73  Indiana    57

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/30/21

(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 5, Minnesota 3
Houston 2, NY Yankees 1
Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 1
Seattle 8, Oakland 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 14, Atlanta 4
Pittsburgh 8, Milwaukee 7
Chi Cubs 15, Cincinnati 7
LA Dodgers 3, San Diego 1

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 92, New York 81 (OT)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Austin FC 1, Charlotte FC 0
New York 2, Atlanta 1

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Calls to free Brittney Griner escalate ahead of WNBA star's trial in Russia

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(NEW YORK) -- Friends and family members of Brittney Griner gathered for a vigil outside the Russian Consulate in New York City on Wednesday evening, calling for the WNBA star's release ahead of her trial in Russia.

“Feb 17 was the last time I talked to my sister,” said Janell Roy, Griner’s childhood friend said at the vigil. “I haven’t been in communication with her, I haven’t been able to talk to her and it hurts.”

Griner was detained at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia on Feb. 17 after she was accused of carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is illegal in Russia.

Griner's detention in Russia was extended repeatedly, most recently through Dec. 20, which is the expected length of her trial. If convicted, Griner, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Phoenix Mercury player’s trial is set to begin on Friday and she is expected to remain in custody throughout.

The WNBA star, who attended a preliminary hearing on Monday in Khimki, a suburb of Moscow, did not respond to an ABC News reporter's question as she walked out of the courtroom.

Asked how Griner is feeling at the hearing, her attorney Aleksandr Boikov told ABC News on Monday, “She's fine as she could be.”

The U.S. government classified Griner's case on May 3 as "wrongfully detained,” meaning the United States will more aggressively work to negotiate her release even as the legal case against her plays out, the State Department said.

“... The fact remains that the U.S. Government has determined that Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained and being used as a political pawn,” Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, wrote in a series of tweets on Monday. “The negotiation for her immediate release regardless of the legal proceedings should remain a top priority and we expect [President Joe Biden] and [Vice President Kamala Harris] to do everything in their power, right now, to get a deal done to bring her home.”

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that Griner is “unjustly detained” and called on the Russian government to release the American basketball star.

Sullivan further stressed the U.S. is “actively engaged” in working to secure Griner’s release, but added that the diplomatic efforts are “sensitive matters.”

"But I will tell you it has the fullest attention of the president and every senior member of his national security and diplomatic team, and we are actively working to find a resolution to this case, and will continue to do so without rest until we get Brittney safely home,” he said. “We also are trying to work actively to return all unjustly detained Americans and hostages being held overseas, whether that be in Iran or Afghanistan or Russia or Venezuela, or China or elsewhere."

The 6-foot-9 center won an NCAA title at Baylor in 2012; a WNBA title with Phoenix, her current team, in 2014; and gold medals with the U.S. women's team at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine began one week after Griner was detained. Some officials are concerned that Americans jailed in Russia could be used as leverage in the ongoing conflict.

Calls to free Griner escalated following the release of U.S. Marine veteran Trevor Reed in April, who was freed from a Russian prison as part of a prisoner exchange. Former Marine Paul Whelan has also been detained in Russia since 2019.

An international prisoner swap potentially involving Griner, Whelan and convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout has been discussed, according to Russian media reports, but it’s unclear if there has been any substantial movement on the issue. Russian officials have also indicated that they want Griner to stand trial.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday that Brittney Griner’s inability to reach her wife was an “unfortunate mistake,” adding that another phone call has been scheduled.

It would have been the first time that Brittney Griner speaks to her wife since her detention more than three months ago.

“This was an unfortunate mistake, and the Department of State is working to rectify this as quickly as possible,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that another call between the couple was scheduled. It is unclear if the call has taken place.Cherelle Griner previously told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts in May that she would like to speak with President Joe Biden.

"I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She's a political pawn," she said. "So if they're holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it."

Asked about a potential meeting between Cherelle Griner and President Biden, Jean-Pierre said, "We don't have anything to share about a potential phone conversation or meeting."

ABC News' Tanya Stukalova and Molly Nagle contributed to this report.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/29/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 2, NY Mets 0
Milwaukee 5, Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 3, San Francisco 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
NY Yankees 5, Oakland 3
Kansas City 2, Texas 1
Seattle 9, Baltimore 3
Cleveland 7, Minnesota 6
Boston 6, Toronto 5
LA Angels 4, Chicago White Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 8, Washington 7
San Diego 4, Arizona 0
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1
Miami ,4 St. Louis 3
Chicago Cubs 8, Cincinnati 3
LA Dodgers 8, Colorado 4

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 91, Connecticut 83
Seattle 88, Las Vegas 78
Phoenix 99, Indiana 78

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City FC 4, Cincinnati 4 (TIE)
Columbus 2, Toronto FC 1
Chicago 1, Philadelphia 0
CF Montral 2, Seattle 1
Los Angeles FC 3, FC Dallas 1
Portland 2, Houston 1
Minnesota 3, LA Galaxy 2

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/28/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 9, NY Mets 1
Milwaukee 5, Tampa Bay 3
San Francisco 4, Detroit 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 3, Minnesota 2
NY Yankees 2, Oakland 1
Minnesota 6, Cleveland 0
Toronto 6, Boston 5
Texas 8, Kansas City 3
Seattle 2, Baltimore 0
Chi White Sox 11, LA Angels 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3, Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 5, Miami 3
Colorado 7, LA Dodgers 4
Cincinnati 5, Chi Cubs 3
Arizona 7, San Diego 6

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 92, Atlanta 74
Minnesota 92, Dallas 64

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/27/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 11, Cleveland 1
Toronto 7, Boston 2
NY Yankees 9, Oakland 5
Texas 10, Kansas City 4
LA Angels 4, Chi White Sox 3
Baltimore 9, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3, Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 9, Miami 0
Colorado 4, LA Dodgers 0

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Phoenix 83, Indiana 71
Las Vegas 79, Los Angeles 73

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Brittney Griner appears at preliminary hearing amid 'wrongful' detention in Russia

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(MOSCOW) -- WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia has been extended through Dec. 20, according to reports.

The decision was made during a preliminary hearing that Griner attended on Monday, Russia's state-run TASS reported.

Griner is expected to remain in custody throughout this time, according to The Associated Press.

The WNBA star did not respond to an ABC News reporter's question as she walked out of the courtroom on Monday. The next hearing is scheduled for July 1, when her trial is expected to begin.

Griner was detained at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia on Feb. 17 after she was accused of carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is illegal in Russia.

"Our position for some time on this has been very clear. Brittney Griner should not be detained. She should not be detained for a single day longer," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on June 14.

Russia had issued multiple extensions of her pre-trial detention. If convicted, Griner, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison.

Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, told the AP that she has "zero trust" in the U.S. government after its handling of her wife's detention.

State Department apologizes to Brittney Griner for failed call with wife

Russia's invasion of Ukraine began one week after Griner was detained. Some officials are concerned that Americans jailed in Russia could be used as leverage in the ongoing conflict.

Calls to free Griner escalated following the release of U.S. Marine veteran Trevor Reed in April, who was freed from a Russian prison as part of a prisoner exchange. Former Marine Paul Whelan has also been detained in Russia since 2019.

The U.S. government classified Griner's case on May 3 as "wrongfully detained."

Cherelle Griner told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts in May that she would like to speak with President Joe Biden.

"I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She's a political pawn," she said. "So if they're holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it."

Asked about a potential meeting between Cherelle Griner and President Biden, Jean-Pierre said, "We don't have anything to share about a potential phone conversation or meeting."

ABC News' Tanya Stukalova contributed to this report.

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Colorado Avalanche defeat Tampa Bay Lightning to take first Stanley Cup since 2001

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(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Tampa, Fla. The Avalanche took the series 4 games to 2, and will bring Lord Stanley's Cup back to the Centennial State for the first time since 2001.  

This is the third Cup for the Avalanche, whose first Cup victory came in 1996, followed by another win in 2001. Colorado stopped Tampa from winning its third title in a row. 

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/26/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 2
Milwaukee 10, Toronto 3
Minnesota 6, Colorado 3
Washington 6, Texas 4
Arizona 11 Detroit 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi White Sox 4, Baltimore 3
Oakland 5, Kansas City 3
Boston 8, Cleveland 3
NY Yankees 6, Houston 3
LA Angels 2, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 3 N.Y. Mets 2
Chi Cubs 6, St. Louis 5
Final Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 3
Philadelphia 8, San Diego 5
LA Dodgers 5 Atlanta 3

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Colorado 2, Tampa Bay 1 (Colorado wins 4-2)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Connecticut 72, Atlanta 61
Chicago 88, Minnesota 85

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Los Angeles FC, 2 New York 0
Philadelphia 2, New York City FC 1
New England 0, Vancouver 0 (Tie)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/22/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 5, NY Mets 3
Texas 4, Philadelphia 2
Baltimore 7, Washington 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 9, Chi White Sox 5
Boston 6, Detroit 2
NY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4
Cleveland 11, Minnesota 10
Seattle 9, Oakland 0
LA Angels 5, Kansas City 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 10, Arizona 4
Miami 7, Colorado 4
LA Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 4
Atlanta 4, San Francisco 3
Chi Cubs 14, Pittsburgh 5
St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 4

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Colorado 3 Tampa Bay 2 (OT) (Colorado leads 3-1)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New York 81, Connecticut 77

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US swimmer rescued by coach from bottom of pool after fainting in World Championship

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(BUDAPEST, Hungary) -- American swimmer Anita Alvarez is breathing a sigh of relief on Thursday after her coach dramatically rescued her when the athlete fainted and sank to the bottom of the swimming pool in the middle of her routine on Wednesday night.

The dramatic scenes unfolded at the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, while Alvarez, 25, was competing in the final of the women’s solo free event and suddenly lost consciousness, causing her to sink to the bottom of the competition pool.

Andrea Fuentes, Alvarez’s coach, immediately dove into the water and was able to pull Alvarez to the surface before the swimmer was taken off for medical treatment on a stretcher as the rest of Team USA, who were watching the competition inside the arena, looked on clearly shaken by the event.

Fuentes, speaking exclusively to Good Morning America on Thursday, explained what was going through her mind during the ordeal.

"When you finish, you really want to breathe because you hold your breath for a long time and the first thing you want to do is breathe," Fuentes said. "And I thought she was going down, so I was like, immediately, [I] knew that something was happening so I went as fast as I could. And I reach her and grab her to the surface and tried to calm her down and make her breathe."

Fuentes began administering CPR until medics and the team doctor were able to take over.

“Anita is okay,” Fuentes said in a statement after the terrifying incident. “The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is okay.”

Fuentes continued: “We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them.”

Even after having to be rescued, Alvarez still managed to finish the competition in seventh place with a final score of 87.6333.

Alvarez suffered through a similar event at the FINA Olympic Games Artistic Swimming Qualification Tournament in Barcelona in June 2021 when she fainted while competing and Fuentes came to her immediate aid in the pool again on that occasion.

For now, however, a decision on whether or not Alvarez will continue on in this year’s competition has yet to be made.

“Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay,” concluded Fuentes. “Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim free team finals or not. Thank you for all of your well wishes for Anita.”

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Will the St. Louis Cardinals make the playoffs this year?