National track and field star Ronald Forbes is taking part in a major international meet this weekend.
The North Side native is representing the Cayman Islands at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships. Daegu, South Korea is the host for the 13th edition of the tournament.
Forbes, 26, is slated to run in the 110m hurdles. The initial heats take place this Sunday 28 August. The semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Monday 29 August.
According to Cayman Islands Athletic Association public relations officer Elizabeth Ibeh, Forbes will be making the trip on his own.
“Ronald will be competing in Daegu over the weekend,” Ibeh said. “Cydonie Mothersill was expected to compete as well after qualifying in the 200m sprint in Puerto Rico. However she is injured and will have to withdraw.”
Forbes prepared for Daegu by taking part in the Central America and Caribbean Senior Championships in Puerto Rico this July. He used the meet to gauge his performance and states his goal is to avoid injury.
“My goal right now is just to stay healthy,” Forbes said. “That’s always been my drawback, including hamstring and a stress fracture on my foot which is what I was suffering from going into the Beijing Games. But I really didn’t want to let the whole country down.”