Thailand’s solid gold siblings Tanakrit and Patrawadee Kittaya made the waters boil at the 42nd Thailand National Games this week, with four gold medals between them following intensive tune-up and taper sessions at Thanyapura Phuket.
The gold rush began with Patrawadee, or ‘Ploy’, 19, double gold medallist at last month’s SEA Games in Myanmar (4x100m Freestyle Relay, 200m Butterfly), cruising to gold in the 100m and 200m Butterfly events in new meet records after placing third in the 200m Backstroke final.
It ended in spectacular style on Thursday, with her 17-year-old brother, Tanakrit ‘Nok’ landing a one-two punch to grab gold in the gruelling 400m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly events with just a 15 minute break between races. Nok finished the games with a triple double, adding silver in the 4×100 Free Relay, and the 1500 Free and bronze in the 4×100 Medley Relay and the 4×200 Free Relay to his two gold medals.
The pair, stars of the Thai national team, had been in residence at the Thanyapura Sports Hotel for intensive sessions then a warm down before the 42nd Thailand National Games in Suphanburi, which ended on the weekend.
Thanyapura’s new Executive Chairman and triathlon legend Chris McCormack congratulated both swimmers on their performance.”After Nok’s ordinary performance at the SEA Games, I don’t think there is anyone questioning his choice of training location now,” Mr McCormack said.
Thanyapura’s renowned three-dimensional coaching approach was making a difference, Mr McCormack said, with the Thai pair also doing dry-land training in the Thanyapura gym ‘Pura Performance Centre’ , and meditation and visualization work with Thanyapura Mind Centre supremo and Dalai Lama confidante Andrea Capellari.
“Coach Randy tells me Nok is swimming very close to his PBs (personal bests) and even managed to pick up a PB in the 100 Free this week,” he said. “He hit all his goals for the meet, and the Silver in the 1500 has him hungry to get training sooner than planned. He is also keen on seeing the Dutch team training, and so is looking at coming back to Thanyapura that last week of January.”