Mothersill focused on Beijing Olympics

Cydonie Mothersill is in fine shape for an assault on the 200 metres at the Beijing Olympics in August.


Mothersill is injury free.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

Cayman’s sprint queen was training at the George Hicks Playing Field on Monday with husband Ato Modibo. He too is a world class athlete and will be competing in China in the 400m for Trinidad.

Mothersill normally works in Miami under coach Mark Block and is here for 10 days before returning to serious training in Florida. She used to be coached by Kenrick Williams in her formative years before turning pro.

Hampered by injury last year, the 29-year-old bronze medalist from the 2001 World Championships and Pan Am Games 2003 silver medalist, hopes to stay in good health in the run up to Beijing.

‘Training’s been going really well, I have no complaints,’ she said. ‘I’m working as hard as usual and Beijing should be exciting.’

Many athletes are preparing for the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain from 7-9 March but Mothersill won’t be going. ‘I have no indoor competition. There is no 200m in the indoor any more and I’m not ready to run the 60m right now. So my next competition should be outdoors in April or May but it won’t be any individual, it’ll just be relays. My first race, I’m not sure. It might be Osaka (Japan) or maybe in a US meet.

‘Ato is in good shape too, it should be an exciting year for both of us, God’s willing. I have the feeling, we’ve really put in the work, harder than we’ve ever trained before and we know the little mistakes we’ve made. So it should be a good year for us if we can stay focused and injury free.’