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.