Forbes recovers for World shot

Ron Shillingford

Ronald Forbes is an extremely
relieved athlete after qualifying last week for the World Indoors Championships
in Doha, Qatar.

He had a dreadful 2009, plagued
with injury and the death of his younger brother Reuben in a vehicle accident
but the 24-year-old sprint hurdler has started the year well and a blistering
run in New York booked him trip to the Middle East for the Indoors this weekend.

Forbes said: “I feel great. I’ve
been back at Florida International University working hard and smarter this

“I qualified a little late based on
the fact that I really haven’t competed since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I only
ran two races last year because I was injured.

“Once I started back training and
got my strength back up, the objective was to just basically run myself back
into race ready shape.

“After a few meets early in
February I could feel my race quality and pace get more down packed. Guess it
just took me a few races to get back to a level where I left off in 2008.

“I expect to go to the worlds and
run a personal best time. Others have been running real well also, so I have to
do the same.

 “I just want to make everyone proud and set a
good mark indoors giving me a better indicator of what kind of time I will run
in the longer outdoor season .

“Qualifying late doesn’t affect me
any. Some didn’t qualify at all so I’m glad that I did. I made it to the 2008
World Indoors, but decided to go to the NCAA Indoor Champs instead, so I was
very eager to make it back this time.”