Chantelle Morrison was under
pressure to deliver gold on her young shoulders and the 16-year-old duly
delivered in style.
Bronze last year was good, but her
home crowd wanted much better and when it came on Saturday night at the Truman
Bodden Sports Complex, all 5,000 in attendance marvelled.
Morrison won comfortably, ahead of Channiel
Johnson of Jamaica. So comprehensive was the Caymanian’s win she was able to
celebrate on the line. Her time of 11.74 seconds in the girls Under-17 100
metres was comparable to anyone of her age in the world. The strong wind in the
stadium did not hamper her progress. She literally breezed it.
A lap of honour with a huge Cayman
Islands flag brought more appreciation from the vast crowd.
On the first day of the CARIFTA
2010 Games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Cydonie Mothersill finally
received her cherished World Championships bronze medal from the 2001 Games.
There to present it was Premier
McKeeva Bush and IAAF president Lamine Diack. Other dignitaries present were
Rayle Roberts, president of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association and Sports
Minister Mark Scotland.
It was a fitting occasion for
Mothersill, 32, to receive the medal after so many years of flying the flag for
Cayman sprinting around the world.
Another highlight on Saturday was
seeing the emerging talent of Kirani James in full flow. The 17-year-old
man-child whizzed round in the U-20 400m to win hugely in 45.02 seconds, the
third fastest in the world this year.
It also beat his own championship
record from last year by four-tenths of a second.
Yet the Grenadian youngster was
disappointed. James wanted to break the 45 second barrier. For someone who is
running as fast as Usain Bolt was at the same age, the gigantic kid obviously
has ambitions to match his size.