Mothersill through to the semi-finals

| 19/08/2008

(CNS): Cayman Islands sprinterCydonie Mothersill qualified for the semifinals in the Women’s 200-metre race in Beijing Tuesday with the same time (22.83), though in a different heat, as Muna Lee (far left in round 1) of the US, tying for ninth place. Her time in the quarterfinal was up slightly after a strong showing in the first round, in which she finished third overall out of 46 with a seasonal best of 22.76.

As Cayman Islands Coach Kenrick Williams pointed out after the first round, Mothersill clocked 22.94 in her last race in July, so this was a good time for her. “A season best is a reasonable time and I know she can go lower but she is conserving her energy to take her through to the semi finals,” said Williams. Mothersill’s personal best in this event is 22.39, which she ran in 2005.

Not happy with her time in the quaterfinals, she told Cayman Islands Olympic Committee journalist Shurna Robbins, "I don’t think I was aggressive enough. I reacted well, but I don’t know what happened. I am just not sure what part of my race I did wrong. But obviously, something went wrong so I have to regroup and go again."

Sherone Simpson of Jamaica, the co-silver medalist in the 100m, had the fastest time, 22.60 seconds in the quarterfinals. Compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown, Gold medallist in the 200m in the 2004 Games, had the third-best time, 22.64, a hair behind Yuliya Chermoshanskaya of Russia,who finished with a time of 22.63. All three Americans are also through to the next round. Along with Lee, Allyson Felix was timed in 22.74 seconds, and Marshevet Hooker in 22.76.

Roqaya Al-Gassra of Bahrain won the second heat, despite having her head and ears completely covered with a white cloth, her arms encased in a long-sleeve shirt and her legs covered up by sweat pants. She certainly stood out in the crowd of sprinters wearing midriff-bearing singlets and bikini-like shorts.

She declined to speak to reporters, saying only, "I’m happy," as she walked away.

The semi finals will take place Wednesday and the finals are on Thursday 21 August.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  1. bb says:



    This Olympics marks a very good stepping stone in the achievement of Cayman Islands athletes. I certainly hope that all interested parties, i.e. Cayman Islands Olympic Association, Cayman Islands Athletic Association, Swimming Association, the Government, Private sector and especially the citizens of the Islands do whatever they can to garner these results and endovuver to assist up and coming athletes to improve for the next games. This is a true testament to the people who have contributed to these guys development over the years, not to mention their families, friends and coaches.


    Best Wishes,


  2. Miss Pat North Side says:


    Continue doing your best.

  3. Your fans in the Cayman Islands says:

    Cydonie, you go girl…all the best in the finals…you have made us proud. 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Cydonnie!

    All the best in the next round!!

  5. Proud to be Caymanian says:

    CONGRATULATONS!!! You have done us proud, best of luck as you move forward.



  6. Anonymous says:

    CONGRATULATIONS …you have made us all proud and will continue to do so!! Good luck as you move forward.