Future Olympians impress at Bangkok Competition

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image001Eight future Olympians celebrated success once again at an international swimming competition in Bangkok, returning with 11 medals and six national records.

The swimming stars, who competed at the 8th Asian Age Group Championships recently, represented Thanyapura and FINA on the world stage for the third time this year in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash stormed to victory and displayed a winning performance throughout the week winning a total of six medals. His impressive 800m freestyle swim earned him a gold medal; while, his performances in the 400m and 1500m freestyle events merited him two silvers and an Olympic B Qualifying time. Later that week, in the 200m butterfly Sajan placed third on the podium. In the relay races, he helped his team win a gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle and a silver in 4 x 200m freestyle.

Fellow swimmer Shivani Singh, who also reigns from India, was just an incredible one second away from a B Qualifying Standard for the Olympics and later picked up a bronze medal and national record for her 200m freestyle display.

Nepalese swimmer Sofia Shah Gadegaard was next to shine in the pool, as she broke another national record for her 50m butterfly performance; while, Sri Lankan team mate Kimiko Raheem broke two national records in the 200m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

Thai swimmer Golf was the age group champion in the 50m butterfly and helped her team get three silver medals in the relays.

Sisters Shajan Aminath and Sajina Aisath, who represent the Maldives, both broke national records for their country. Shajan dominated for her country in the 400m freestyle, while Sajina smashed the national record in the 50m breaststroke.

Former Thanyapura swimmers Ploy and Nok also celebrated a successful competition. Nok won gold in the 400m freestyle and got an Olympic B Qualifying time. He also helped his team to victory in the relays and won silver. Ploy won gold on the 200m butterfly and a silver in the 100m butterfly races. She broke a Thai national record and earned herself an Olympic B Qualifying time. In the 4 x 200m freestyle relays, her performance helped her team win a silver medal.

The talented swimmers, who reign from more than seven countries around the world, are currently training at Thanyapura – the Official FINA Training Centre of Southeast Asia – ahead of the Rio Olympics 2016.

Thanyapura’s swimming facilities include a 50m Olympic competition pool, a 25m training and teaching pool, Omega Track start blocks, a Daktronics timing system and scoreboard, an underwater video analysis window, ozone filtration and sports science services.

The spectacular training centre of Southeast Asia, 23-hectare one-stop-shop mega venue is a regular training base for triathlon stars, such as two-time world champion Caroline Steffen, Ronnie Schildknecht, who was the only man to win the same elite triathlon event seven straight times, and Hall of Famer Belinda Granger.

They are lured to the acclaimed sporting Mecca because of the Olympic-standard facilities and world-class stable of coaches, sports scientists, sports psychologists, dieticians, physiotherapists and chiropractors – with everything underpinned by Thanyapura’s unique three-dimensional coaching model for the mind, body and soul.

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