Mis­sion ac­com­plished

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Af­ter a chal­leng­ing year it is mis­sion ac­com­plished for Monique Wil­liams.

Wil­liams clocked a time of 23.71 sec­onds to fin­ish sixth in the fi­nal of the women’s 200m at the Delhi Com­mon­wealth Games on Mon­day night.

Her time was less than a sec­ond be­hind that of win­ner Cy­donie Mother­sill of the Cay­man Is­lands, who clocked 22.89.

Head­ing into the games Wil­liams goal was to make the fi­nal, a goal that has been the fo­cus of most of her year af­ter missing the na­tional cham­pi­onships through in­jury.

Wil­liams ar­rived in the games vil­lage on Septem­ber 29, sev­eral days be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony, af­ter ac­cli­ma­tis­ing in Doha, Qatar.

‘‘I wanted to ac­cli­ma­tise and set­tle in to be fa­mil­iar with my sur­round­ings.

‘‘I don’t find it as hot here as it was 45 de­grees plus in Doha.

‘‘Men­tally this past year has been my tough­est af­ter hav­ing such a great year last year.

‘‘I feel like I’m in a good space now though, train­ing has be­ing go­ing great and I’ve had four months solid train­ing since start­ing from scratch in May af­ter be­ing clear from in­jury.

‘‘The Euro­pean sea­son fin­ished late Au­gust so rac­ing has been hard to come by.

‘‘I have been gaug­ing my fit­ness by how well train­ing is go­ing.

‘‘That’s why I went to Doha and then into vil­lage early as the heat and ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion is im­por­tant for sprints.

‘‘To be com­pet­ing in my first Com­mon­wealth Games is a great feel­ing.

‘‘I have dreamed of be­ing here since I was young.’’

Wil­liams was the sixth fastest qual­i­fier in the semi­fi­nals with a time of 23.63 sec­onds.

In her heat on Satur­day night Wil­liams ran 23.61 to be the third fastest qual­i­fier for the semi­fi­nals.

She was meant to run her fi­nal on Sun­day night two hours af­ter the fi­nal.

Wil­liams was also frus­trated that her lane for the fi­nal had been changed and that of­fi­cials could not give her a rea­son.

Orig­i­nally, there was a lane draw and I was as­signed to lane eight,’’ a baf­fled Wil­liams told stuff.co.nz.

‘‘I shouldn’t have been in lane nine, es­pe­cially af­ter there was a pre­vi­ous draw and they couldn’t tell me why they had changed it.

‘‘They said they didn’t know why the lanes had changed and I don’t know is not good enough.’’

‘‘It would have been an ad­van­tage for me to run straight away be­cause I am feel­ing fit,’’ she said.

Pho­tos: FAIR­FAX

SPRINT QUEEN: Monique Wil­liams races in the women’s 200m fi­nal at the Com­mon­wealth Games this week. NA­TIONAL NAILS: Wil­liams shows off her sil­ver fern dec­o­rated nails for a New Zealand tele­vi­sion crew.

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