Cydonie powers to Commonwealth gold

Rare medal for Cayman

Sprint queen Cydonie
Mothersill has made the Cayman Islands proud again after speeding to the
country’s first-ever Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Mothersill powered to the
200m title in 22.89 seconds in the delayed final in Delhi, India on Monday
having won her semi-final the previous day. Abiodun Oyepitan of England took the
silver in 23.26secs and Adrienne Power of Canada won the bronze in 23.52secs.

Mothersill, the 2001 world
championship bronze medallist, came out of the bend and into the final straight
in front and never looked like losing.

The final was supposed to be
run on Sunday but was delayed because of a protest which saw Elaine O’Neill of
Wales come in for the disqualified Eleni Artymata of Cyprus. Artymata was
disqualified for stepping out of her lane in her semi-final and after a
protracted appeal, she lost her case. She had recorded the fastest 200m of any
of the runners.

The Cayman Islands have only ever won one medal before, when
Kareem Streete-Thompson took bronze in the long jump at Manchester in 2002.
Joice Maduaka of England was fourth in 23.57secs and Scotland’s Lee McConnell
fifth in 23.68secs.


  1. Huge congratulations, Cydonie Mothersill!!!
    You have earned your reward for sheer hard work and determination – and that is the example and lesson to all Caymanians – you won’t succeed without working – whatever, however advanced or humble, your beginnings, education or occupation.

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