Foreigners rule in the pool
TEAM Lanarkshire may have only won a solitary medal in the pool during last week’s games but there’s a perfectly good reason for that – foreign domination.
Eight swimmers from across Lanarkshire went into the Games in search of a medal, but it was the likes of Thailand, Canada and Singapore who took a stranglehold on the event.
The Bangkok team took home 25 medals, with youngsters Sarisa Suwannachet and Navaphat Wongcharoen the highest grossing winners.
Sarisa claimed three gold and three silver, while Navaphat won two gold, one silver and two bronze.
Bangkok coach Ekkanat Leetian said: “We never thought we would perform as good as we did and I’m delighted for our whole squad of swimmers.
“This team is the future of our sport and we have all had a fantastic time in Lanarkshire with many great memories to take home with us.”
But the best individual performance came from Singapore swimmer Phiangkhwan Pawapotako as she was the only one to claim gold in every event she took part in.
Another top performer was 15-year-old Canadian Kylie Masse.
Representing the city of Windsor, Kylie won six medals in total, with her best results coming in the 50m and 100m butterfly, where she took home gold.
She said: “I’ve had a great experience and I’ve really enjoyed my time in Lanarkshire.
“It gave me the chance to meet new friends and I have lot of great memories of this place.”