Thanyapura PIA Phuket’s reputation as an elite swimming breeding ground has been underscored after three of its star products qualified for next year’s SEA Games with standout performances at the 43rd Thailand National Games in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Tanakrit ‘Nok’ Kittiya, Kornkarnjana ‘Golf’ Sapianchai and Peerapat ‘Garfield’ Loessathapornsuk each won multiple medals, with teenage prodigy Nok capturing two gold medals and two silver medals and a new national record for the 1500m (15:53.87).
Golf claimed five silver medals and a bronze medal in a herculean freestyle and butterfly sprint display while Garfield won silver in the 400m and 1500m freestyle.
“We expected all three to deliver great performances and they certainly didn’t disappoint,” Thanyapura Phuket Head Coach Miguel Lopez said. “They set high standards for themselves and hopefully they’ll use these performances as a springboard to success at the SEA Games in Singapore next year.”
Nok: gold 400m and 1500m freestyle; silver 4x200m freestyle relay and 200m butterfly. Golf: silver 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley relay; bronze 50m freestyle. Garfield: silver 400m and 1500m freestyle.
Thanyapura regularly attracts some of the world’s best national swimming squads. Its world-class facilities and state-of-the-art technology includes a 50m Olympic-standard 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 Thailand National Games runs from 9-19 December, 2014.