Cydonie had total focus

Cydonie Mothersill handles pressure
superbly, which is why she is a champion sprinter and one reason why she became
Commonwealth Games 200 metres champion on Monday at the Delhi Games in India.

In her final interview before
leaving George Town for the controversial Games two weeks ago, Mothersill said
she was not worried about the chaos and worries leading up to the Delhi Games,
she was solely focused on returning home with a medal. Well she was as good as
her word.

The last couple of years have been
especially tough for the 32-year-old Caymanian because of injury and her
athlete husband’s drug ban. But she bounced back in Delhi and overcame all the
trials and tribulations – including a 24-hour delay in running the final because
of a disqualification dispute – to grab gold in 22.89 seconds.

Mothersill, 32, has had a great
season, mainly because she remained generally injury free. Apart from a
niggling Achilles heel problem, she has not had any major fitness worries
throughout this long season. It showed in Delhi as she powered to victory in
her heat and semi-final before cruising home ahead of England’s Abiodun Oyepitan
(23.26secs) and Canada’s Adrienne Power (23.52secs).

It was a fitting end to a tough
season and Mothersill will enjoy a well deserved break before getting busy for
next year’s world championships in Daegu, South Korea and then the London
Olympics the following year.

She jokes that she is getting too
old for sprinting but as long as her body holds out, there is no doubt that
Cydonie can go on for a lot longer. All women sprinters must be inspired by
Merlene Ottey who is still competing at the top level at 50.

There is a raft of Cayman girl
sprinters coming through headed by Chantelle Morrison.

They are all inspired by Mothersill
who has been at the forefront of Cayman women sprinting since she dominated the
CARIFTA Games as a teenager.

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Mothersill had promised to come back with a medal.
Photo: Ron Shillingford