Cydonie Mothersill arrives back in the Cayman Islands today happy in the knowledge that she had a successful Olympic Games.
Mothersill came eighth in the final of the 200 metres in Beijing which is quite an accomplishment considering the horrendous build up she had up to the Games.
She was hampered by niggling injuries all year which curtailed all her preparations. Despite not being 100 per fit nor race sharp, reaching the final was a great achievement.
At the Athens Olympics four years ago she didn’t reach the 200m final despite having no injuries and her build up being perfect.
‘In Beijing, my hip had been bothering me and my hamstring down my left side,’ Mothersill, 30, said from Miami. ‘But going into the final I was quite positive and not doubting myself and just gave it my best shot.’
‘When I came into the Olympic village I started training early because my previous runs were not very good. But I still believed I could medal.
‘Maybe I wasn’t as race sharp as I wanted but I was upset and happy to be there at the same time. God has been good to me I getting there meant I had salvaged my season.
‘Four years ago, in Athens, I was in better shape and I got knocked out. In Beijing I thought if I could get to the final I would definitely have a great experience. Everything was nice there. I loved the camaraderie.’
She really did well considering there were three tough rounds to get through before the final.
Her best time was in the semis when Mothersill ran 22.61 seconds. She ran 22.68secs in the final which was won by Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown in 21.74secs. American Allyson Felix was second and Jamaican Kerron Stewart third.
Mothersill was running in Europe last week but pulled up in a race from injury. Yet she is optimistic about her chances of being fit for her year’s final race in South Korea on September 25.
‘I’m not sure if I’ll do the indoor season because there isn’t a 200m. I may do a 400m or 60m but it’s too early to say.’
Beijing was her fourth Olympics. Is she likely to compete at the London Games in 2012?
‘London is too far ahead to think of. I’m just thinking of next year, for the World Championships in Berlin.
‘My chances are good for Berlin. I’ll do what I always do – perform.’