Cydonie does Cayman proud

Beijing (CIOC) – Struggling with a painful hip after last night’s spectacular performance in the semi-finals, Cydonie Mothersill dug in deep to see if she could do it just one more time in the 200 finals in the Bird’s Nest Thursday.

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Coach Kenrick Williams wraps Cydonie in a Cayman Islands flag following her competition in the 200 metre final.
Photo: Shurna Robbins

And when the start gun popped, Mothersill rocketed down the lane and never wavered until she crossed the finish line 22.68 seconds later. But Thursday – it was just not fast enough to rank higher than eighth place.

Still breathing hard after the race of her life, Mothersill tried to find something positive to say about the race, but it was just too fresh. Her voice broke as she talked about the race and tears shone in her eyes as Coach Kenrick Williams wrapped her up tight in a Cayman flag and she melted into his bear hug.

“I just didn’t have it tonight,” says Mothersill. “I should be happy, because I have had a rough season. We had a finalist from the Cayman Islands in the 200. I just wish I could have put on a better show.”

Mothersill talked about her sore hip that may have impacted her speed by that critical fraction in hundredths of a second.

“When you are at this stage – you just have to forget about whatever your body is telling you and try and get your mind strong and that is what I did,” she said.

“I would have liked to have got a medal and I would have liked to at least come out with a personal best, but like I said – I had a rough season. No one thought I would be in this final, so I am happy.”

It took a tremendous effort to get into the Olympic finals and as the first Caymanian athlete among a sea of large nations, this is a big achievement, said Coach Kenrick Williams.

People should take note that Mothersill is now ranked number eight in the world in the 200 metre.

“We were hoping for her to get a personal record, but last night she told me she was having a hip problem,” says Coach Williams. “But she was going to put that out of her mind and just go into the race and compete and that is what she did.”

This was Mothersill’s first time in the finals in her fourth Olympic bid.

But it would be Jamaica’s night again for taking home medals. In the women’s 200, Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart would take the gold and bronze with American Allyson Felix taking the silver.

At 30, Mothersill has not decided whether she will have enough left to give the Olympics another go. Early 30s are considered to be the top end for competitive running, but experts say there are always exceptions, which are part of the magic of the Olympic dream.

“Maybe in 2012 I will be there in my heels. I am not sure,” says Mothersill.