Thailand dominates the swimming
Published: Saturday, 06 August 2011
Bangkok rounded off an impressive display by winning a total of 25 medals overall in the swimming at the Dollan Aqua Centre.
The Thai team won ten gold medals, two of them courtesy of Tanakirit Kittiya on day 2 in the boys' 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly. They also won nine silver medals and six bronze medals over the course of the competition, with their final medal coming in the boys' 400m Freestyle Relay.
Bangkok coach Ekkanat Leetian said: "We are absolutely delighted with the performance of our team. We have had a great ICG here in Lanarkshire. Our athletes are the future of the sport in Thailand and we could well see them at the Olympics in a few years."
Singapore was also on hot form, winning ten medals, seven of them gold. Phiangkhwan Pawapotako won four gold medals on day 2 alone, meaning that she won the most gold medals of any competitor on the day. The boys' 400m relay team beat an impressive Bangkok team to take gold in that event.
The team coach Eugene Chia said:
"We've definitely performed better than we had hoped. The competition has been extremely strong this year and our team definitely stepped up our game. We're already looking forward to next year's game and hope to do even better there."
Surprise package Windsor won twelve medals in the events overall, with Kylie Masse collecting six of them for the Canadians, who had come to the games expecting to get no more than five medals over the entire weekend.
Coach Jeffrey Cowan said: "We have surpassed all expectations and are on cloud nine. Our team of top athletes have worked very hard in preparation and the hard work has paid off. We are hoping to match the level of success that we have achieved this year in next year's games in Korea."
For Mexico, Valeria Noblecia Gonzalez collected a silver medal for Toluca in the girls' 200m freestyle and Sharo Rodriguez Riviera got a bronze in the girls' 200m Individual Medley, also for Toluca. Overall they won a total of five medals in the competition.
Supporters and team mates came from as far as Nairobi and Nova Scotia to cheer on the swimmers in East Kilbride. As the games progressed, the bleachers filled more and more until they were packed almost to capacity with the supporters and families of all the competitors. A great show of flags and team colours engulfed the venue and they cheered on all of the teams to no end.
The athletes were also in the mood for creating new friendships, as there were teams swapping shirts and talking to one another throughout the entire event. Mexican swimmers traded their team shirts with the Polish teams in a heart-warming gesture; as well as this there were competitors from Canada exchanging pleasantries with teams from Eastern Europe, and language seems to be no barrier to these athletes or their coaches.
The full results each day will be posted on the results pages.
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