Cydonie powers to Commonwealth gold

Cydonie Mothersill won the Cayman
Islands its first-ever Commonwealth Games gold medal Monday with a fantastic
run in the 200 metres final.

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

Mothersill, 32, the 2001 world
championship bronze medallist, came out of the bend and into the final straight
in front and won by around three metres, quite a distance in a sprint event.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “Just before I came off the kerb I felt really positive.
If someone came close I was in the zone and felt I couldn’t be beaten.

“The response from Cayman has been
awesome. I’ve been getting so many BlackBerry messages and emails. It’s great.”

She did a lap of honour with the
Cayman flag draped around her. “We’re a small team of 17 but I managed to find
them in the stadium because I could see their red shirts and blue pants. Going
around the stadium, everybody cheered. It was a such a surreal feeling, even better
than I imagined it to be. God has been good to me.”

The Cayman Islands has only won one
medal before; when Kareem Streete-Thompson took bronze in the long jump at
Manchester in 2002.

The final was supposed to be run on
Sunday but was delayed because of a protest that 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. Joice Maduaka of England was fourth in 23.57 seconds and
Scotland’s Lee McConnell fifth in 23.68 seconds.


Mothersill had promised to come back with a medal.


  1. A very poor decision on someones part to put a photo of Cydonie in a race she did not win. She, as does anyone who gets reward for their hard work, deserves more respect than that. This was an inappropriate choice by the paper, and one that I can’t really understand.

    Editor’s note: The photo in the Caymanian Compass was used because we were not provided with a shot from the Commonwealth games by any of our country’s numerous representatives there.

  2. I’d have to agree with you Diddy. If there was no picture of Cydonnie winning you could have simply used one of her on her own in her track suit.

    Use of this pic was almost as tasteless as Jason Harper’s response to Donna on yesterday evening’s news broadcast! He was sure to point out that her time was not better than Veronica Campbell’s…watch it for yourself and see..

    Editor’s note: Perhaps in the future the local media should not provide so much ‘prime time’ coverage when local athletes win great victories – it apparently just serves to upset everyone.

  3. On the contrary to the Editor, you should honour those who exceed in their field – sport or otherwise, two comments does not amount to upsetting everyone. It was not Veronica Campbells day, it was Cydonie’s so lets accompany a good written article with a fitting picture!

    Editor’s note: If anyone has one, please send it along!

  4. I really can’t figure it out; even in moments of victory and celebration, Caymanians find the most petty reasons to bicker and quarrell about !

    In a moment that just about any Commomwealth country would be happy to celebrate, there’s a quarrell about a photo of Cydonie ???

    Will the media appease its critics by properly celebrating this world class Caymanian athlete and her hard work and achievements now that she’s won gold for Cayman ?

    After all, gold is the only value that counts, isn’t it ?

  5. This argument that local media shouldn’t provide ‘prime time’ coverage of Caymanian athletes performing at the highest levels of world competition because it just serves to ‘upset everyone’ is the most disgraceful argument I’ve ever heard……

    But, with the Cayman Islands being the melting pot of competing and segregated nationalities that it is, what more can we expect ?

    Anyone who is ‘upset’ by the media coverage of the success, at a world class level, of Caymanians, in any field, should really be questioned as to their reasons for living in Cayman in the firt place.

    Its safe to assume that they’re not Caymanian; that’s for sure.

  6. Dear Firefly
    I suggest you should really read the comments fully. It was the editor who suggested not covering "prime time" I was actually advocating the opposite and wanted the local media to show full support, respect and recognition to Cydonie for her success. I just thought it would have been more fitting to have a ‘local’ paper print a photo of her crossing the line in first place, because that is what she did!

    Editor’s note: Again, if anyone deigns to share that photo we will print it. Obviously, our comment about not publishing stories on local athletes achieving great victories was tongue-in-cheek and one only need look at the front page that day to realise how important we thought Cydonie’s win. It truly is too bad that individuals have sought to nit-pick at the newspaper instead of celebrating a first-of-its-kind victory for the Cayman Islands and one of its best athletes.

  7. Dear Diddy

    We both agree; my comments were made to the Editor, with a slight bit of sarcasm in my first response.

    To the Editor

    My apologies if your comments on the forum were misinterpreted but then again, others responded similarly.

    Tongue-in -cheek comments usually carry some defining mark to identify them as such to make sure they’re not to be taken seriously.

    On a more serious note; your excuses in asking for readers to provide photos they think are more appropiate rings very hollow.

    If your newspaper had taken the Cayman Islands involvement in the Commonwealth Games seriously, you would have had your sports journalist either there with the team or in direct contact with events through media links; you can bet that the major newspapers of Jamaica and the other Commonwealth athletics countries didn’t need to be asking their readers for photos to celebrate their athletes victories and medals.

    Or maybe, no one had any faith that Cydonie would come through as she has.

    Maybe a pull-out of her career and achievements, with current photos would be a fitting tribute and make up for the gaffe.

    Just a suggestion….

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