Japanese Synchronized Swimmer Collapses in Olympic Pool

Hiromi Kobayashi, a 23-year-old from Osaka, Japan, competing in her first Olympics, was taken off the deck on a stretcher today after hyperventilating and fainting as her routine ended.


Credit: Reuters

From the Associated Press:

Two men in swimsuits jumped into the pool to assist the team, which was helping Kobayashi to the side. The other team members climbed out to await their scores, while the ailing woman clung to the pool’s edge.

Kobayashi was lifted out by the two men in swimsuits and she buckled to her knees. Her body and head went limp as they carried her. She was wrapped in a white sheet and rushed away on the stretcher, attended to by several volunteers and medical personnel.

The woman hyperventilated because of stress, said Hiroshi Takeuchi, press officer for the Japanese team.


Credit: Reuters

The Japanese team tied the United States for fifth in the final. Japan was assessed a two-point penalty for touching the bottom of the pool during its routine. Luckily, they had assistance to save the swimmer’s lives. Thoughts?

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