Mothersill ‘dejected’ over failure to run in Olympics
(CNS): Commonwealth gold medal winner and Cayman’s most successful sprinter has said that she is both “disappointed and frustrated” over the injury that prevented her from competing in the women’s 200-metre heats at the London Olympics this week. Cydonie Mothersill, who is 34 years old and suffering from an ongoing tendon injury said that she was deeply saddened by her inability to perform in what was very likely her last appearance at an Olympic games. While battling the persistent problem in her left foot, she nevertheless told interviewers she had blocked it from her mind and would compete. However, in the end she was absent from the start-up.
Mothersill had been preparing to compete on Monday, 6 August, but after consultations with her coaches and the team physiotherapist, who conceded she would do more harm if she competed, she elected to withdraw, ending her Olympic career.
“This was my fifth, and very likely last, Olympics," Mothersill said. “I came to London to compete and to represent my country and was very disappointed that I was unable to line up. I did everything possible to give myself a chance but it was not to be.”
According to a press release issued on Thursday, Mothersill was said to be deeply dejected but had accepted the move had been necessary.
“I wish it could have been otherwise, as I know the country was looking forward to seeing me compete and I was crushed that I could not deliver. However, I want to extend my gratitude and thanks to my family, friends, the CIOC, the CIAA, the Cayman Islands Government, sponsors, the many people who prayed and the countless supporters in the Cayman Islands. Sadly, while it was a difficult decision, I know that it was the right one,” she added.
Donald McLean, President of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, expressed his own disappointment but said the decision had been “in the interests of the athlete's long-term health”.
Mothersill formed part of one of the best teams that Cayman had ever sent to the Olympic Games but was not the only one who did not compete. Fellow sprinter Kemar Hyman, who qualified for the semi-finals in the men’s 100 metres, also said he was facing an injury on the afternoon he was set to line up alongside the fastest men in the world.
Shaune Fraser was scheduled to compete in the 100m butterfly but he too pulled out of the race after reaching the semi-finals of the 200m freestyle. Meanwhile, his brother Brett competed in three races.
Ronald Forbes, who was also coming off a season plagued with injury, competed in his heats for the 110m hurdles. Forbes said that despite his troubles, nothing was going to stop him from running.
“I don’t care if my leg is dropping off, I’m going out there to represent. I did not work this hard to see beside my name ‘did not start’.” he said after his heat.
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