Cydonie moves into final

Cydonie Mothersill earned a spot in today’s final of the 200 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Running in the rain in Thursday’s first semifinal, Mothersill finished fourth in 23.13 seconds. The time is well off of her personal best of 22.39 and was the slowest of all eight qualifiers.

Veteran Christine Aaron won the race in 22.45. Two Americans, Rachell Smith-Boone and LaTasha Colander, followed Aaron across the line.

In the second semifinal, American Allyson Felix won in 22.90. Veronica Campbell of Jamaica was third in 23.02. Campbell won the 200 meters at the Athens Olympics last year.

Mothersill, the most accomplished female track athlete in Cayman Islands history, finished fourth in the 200 meters at the 2001 World Athletics Championships held in Edmonton, Canada.