NANJING, China, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- For much of the time at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center swimming pool on Tuesday evening, spectators must have thought they were watching the South East Asian Games rather than the 2nd Asian Youth Games.
The first final of the night brought gold for Singapore in the girls' 50m breaststroke through Samantha Yeo. Shortly after it was Thailand's turn, as Sarisa Suwannachet won the girls' 200m freestyle. Then Malaysia joined the SEA nations' golden party with victory for Lim Ching Hwang in the boys' 200m freestyle, before Indonesia struck gold through Ricky Anggawidjaja in the boys' 100m backstroke.
South Korea filled in all the gaps, claiming the other three gold medals on offer on the night through Kim Jaeyoun (boys' 50m breaststroke), Im Dasol (girls' 100m backstroke) and the boys' 4 x 100m freestyle relay.
Sarisa Suwannachet enjoyed vociferous support from the Thai compatriots in the stands.
"I want to share this with the Thai people because it is the first gold medal for Thailand in the Games. It's important for me because it gives me a lot of motivation," said the 16-year-old Suwannachet.
Thailand's newly crowned AYG swimming champion said she planned to compete in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014, and revealed that her parents want her to be a doctor when she finishes her competitive career in the pool.
Singapore's Samantha Yeo was delighted with the gold medal in the girls' 50m breaststroke as it came with her best time in the event - 32.56 seconds.
"My grandparents and parents came from Singapore to watch. I couldn't thank them more, and I think my good performance will delight them," she said.