Birthday Girl Mariana looking to bounce back from Olympic debut

Mariana Cress described her performance as “disappointing”, after clocking a time of 13.20 seconds as she made her Olympic bow in the Women’s 100m on the first day of Track and Field Competition.

Cress, who turned 18 on her debut, explained how it was nerves that got the better of her on the day.

“I let myself get sucked up, I was nervous, but hopefully I can train harder and I can do better next time”.

However, the teenager wasn’t totally despondent, and although the performance didn’t have the desired outcome, she admitted, “I was extremely nervous, but I’m proud that I even got this opportunity, I now know what I need to work on for next time and what I can do better”.

Commenting on the nature of her performance, President Kramer of the Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee, looked at the positive side; “To be even able to step up and showcase herself is a credit to the girl, and she should leave the Games with her head held high”.

As she explained, to have the chance of representing her country on the highest level is something that should not be overlooked. She knows she can use this experience as a learning curve of how to deal with high-pressure situations in the future. This valuable experience, will do wonders for a girl who has a promising athletics career ahead of her, and it goes without saying that this can be used to come back even stronger in her next event.

Although it was a day of mixed emotions for Cress, and for her on-looking parents in the stands, it was also a day to be extremely proud of their daughter and to celebrate not only her birthday but also Cress’s appearance on the world stage. This was something that Cress recognized after the race, and although disappointed at the time, when she looks back, there is no doubt that she will find the positives to be taken from the day.

In terms of athletics, Cress is unsure of what’s next, but it is without doubt that she will remember this performance both in terms of where she went wrong but also the experience of competing on the biggest stage. That in itself is something to bear in mind as future competitions she takes part in will not get bigger than this and she will be able to use the experience she has gained here to channel her emotions in future performances. 

By Simon Thompson of The Reporters’ Academy


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