Cydonie will not quit

LONDON – Cydonie Mothersill is determined to defend her Commonwealth Games 200 metres title when she overcomes injury. 

The 34-year-old veteran of five Olympiads pulled out of the 200m at the London Games through injury but she feels that with a little more time to recover she can be back to her best.  

“I’ll probably just take a few months off, reassess my options and then I’ll know what’s ahead,” Mothersill said. “Physically my Achilles and the heal does hurt and that has to be taken care of.  

“Other than that, I’m good. If I do go to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 I will definitely not be running and it will be in a different capacity, maybe as an official. 

“There will be no more. I definitely feel that I’m still at a stage when I can be competitive. I ran some awesome times in practice and only came to these Games because there was a lot of indication in practice that I could run fast.  

“Obviously, with this injury, that needs to be taken care of. But I have never really had a break. My body is talking to me so I’ll take a few weeks to sit down and decide what to do.  

“By no means am I quite over the hill and cannot be competitive. Injuries just make it harder.” 

Cydonie Mothersill smiling

Cydonie Mothersill competed in her last Olympics this year. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD