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Williams-Darling gunning for Commonwealth Games gold

14 December 2005

Tonique Williams-Darling Tonique Williams-Darling
Bahamas’ World and Olympic 400-metres champion Tonique Williams-Darling has announced that she will be going for another gold medal next season, this time it’s the Commonwealth Games title in Melbourne next March.

The Bahamian, who finished the year as the second best performer behind Jamaican-born American sprinter Sanya Richards with a time of 49.30seconds, was eying the World Indoor Championships in Moscow, but has now added the Commonwealth Games title to her agenda.

"I decided to focus on Australia," Williams-Darling told the Herald Sun last week.

"I had my eyes on indoors (world championships in Moscow) and my coach was asking what I was going to do because the Commonwealths are relatively early in the season.

"I'm like, 'I've got to go to the Commonwealths, that is the only option'.

"We're all really excited about it. Everyone is talking about it. I'm telling you athletes are talking about it non-stop. We want to go to Australia for the Games."

When 28-year-old Williams-Darling, made her international debut visit at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Australia was a disappointing outcome, as her Games ended after the first round.

However, the Bahamian has long eclipsed those dull moments and said she only remembers the time she had off the track.

My Games was literally over on the first day," she said.

"It was somewhat of a wake-up call, I was in the first round of the 400m and I didn't make it through.

"The upside of it was that I got to see a lot of Sydney.

"I remember going out at 7pm and not getting back to the village until 7am," she added.

Although she maintains the fact that her best times came off the track, Williams-Darling said she could forget Cathy Freeman’s stunning performance on the track.

"It was beautiful and perfect for Sydney," she said of the performance of Freeman, who struck gold on home soil in the 400m.

"It is great to have that kind of thing happen at home."

"Just knowing that everybody was depending on her and came out to support her . . . she just did it so beautifully, from the suit she wore to lighting the torch at the opening ceremony."

She added: "I hope Cathy can give me a medal if I win one. I'm one of her biggest fans."

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