November Update – Aquatics

By Su

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

The FINA swimming stars, who competed at the 8th Asian Age Group Championships the weekend of October 2 to 4, 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: gold in the 800m freestyle swim, silver and an Olympic B qualifying time in the 400m and 1500m freestyle events, bronze in the 200m butterfly. In the relay races, he helped his team win gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle and silver in 4 x 200m freestyle. Shivani Singh on the distaff side was just one second away from an Olympic B Qualifying time, and won a bronze medal and scored a national record for her 200m freestyle display.

Sri Lankan 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 from the Maldives both broke national records. Shajan dominated 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 in 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.

Nepalese swimmer Sofia Shah Gadegaard broke another national record for her 50m butterfly performance. One week later at the 7th National Games and 19th National Swimming Meet in Nepal, she and Sirish Gurung, took both the Female Best Player and Male Best Player awards and came away with a total of seven new national records set and 20 gold medals (100% of all events participated in). Sirish claimed 5 new national records and 15 gold medals, while Sofia registered 2 new national records and 5 gold medals.

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