Cayman has nothing to be ashamed of in the sport of track and field.
In spite of geographical size and other limitations this country continues to produce great athletes.
One of those athletes is Cydonie Mothersill. The veteran sprinter is no stranger to the sport having logged over a decade of experience.
Mothersill recently proved Cayman’s strength in the sport by making it to the semi-finals of the women’s 200m at the 12th International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Championship.
One of the biggest athletics meets in the world saw a plethora of athletes and countries descend upon Berlin, Germany over the last two weeks.
Mothersill would fall just short of getting her shot at a medal. She finished fourth in the second semi-final heat Thursday afternoon.
Arguably Cayman’s most recognized track athlete posted a time of 22.80s with a reaction time of .202s out of lane four.
Her mark was just milliseconds behind frontrunners Allyson Felix of the US (22.44s), Anneisha McLaughlin of Jamaica (22.55s) and Laverne Jones-Ferrette of the Virgin Islands (22.74s).
Felix and McLaughlin both qualified for the finals (which took place on Friday) with the Jamaican setting a personal best.
The duo was joined in the final by Eleni Artymata of Cyprus (22.64s), Emily Freeman of Great Britain (22.64s), Simone Facey of Jamaica (22.58s), Muna Lee of the US (who won her heat with a time of 22.30s), Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica and Debbie Ferguson-Brown of the Bahamas (who won her heat with the fastest run of the day at 22.24s).
Mothersill’s performance comes a year after she reached the 200m finals at the Olympics in Beijing.
Remarkably her performance this year and last came after injury woes.
Like the Olympics, Mothersill was not the only Caymanian to be on a big stage. Young track star Kemar Hyman was in the men’s 100m.
Hyman went out in the first round coming fourth in a heat won by eventual silver medallist Tyson Gay.
Hyman’s time was 10.59 seconds, significantly slower than the 10.26 he ran to qualify for the trip.
The 19 year old has publicly said that he will use the experience of the trip to aid his preparations for the Commonwealth Games and Caribbean Athletic Championships next year.
The local athletic association is pleased with both performances. In addition national coach Kenrick Williams thought Hyman’s performance is a great sign of the sport’s future in Cayman and abroad.
Mothersill’s performance came on a busy day with a plethora of events wrapping up.
Most of those events saw dominant performances from the Jamaican track team.
Leading the way was superstar sprinter and world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. The Jamaican sensation would add another world record to his resume.
Bolt easily won the men’s 200m final, posting a new world record time of 19.19s. In a distant second was Alonso Edward of Panama (19.81s) with Wallace Spearmon of the US (19.85s) placing third.
For the women Melanie Walker turned in a brilliant time to win the 400m women’s hurdles. Her mark of 52.42s was way ahead of Lashinda Demus of the US (52.96s) and third place finisher Josanne Lucas of Trinidad and Tobago (53.20s).
The only event Jamaica struggled in on Thursday was the 100m hurdles. Maurice Wignall (at 13.31s) placed fifth while Dwight Thomas (at 13.56s) was second to last.
Ryan Braithwaite of Barbados (at 13.14s) won the event with Americans Terrence Trammell (at 13.15s) and David Payne (who also ran 13.15s).
The last batch of events at the meet took place yesterday afternoon. The women’s long jump, men’s 800m and the 4x400m relays (both men and women) were among the waning competitions in Berlin.
At this point it is not clear what Mothersill’s next move is. However Hyman is expected to return back to Cayman within the next two weeks to rehabilitate his leg among other things. From there he is expected to resume training, most likely with his college coach.
For a full slate of results from the Berlin meet persons can log on to berlin.iaaf.org/results/index.html.