Ronald Forbes did not have a great showing at a major international meet but has his sights squarely on London.
Forbes, 26, was eliminated in the preliminary stages of the 60 metre hurdles at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Indoor Championships last weekend in Istanbul, Turkey.
The North Side native states he is more concerned with the London Olympics this summer.
“The Olympics, though seeming a long ways to go, will be here very soon,” Forbes said. “My main goal is once again to stay healthy as possible. My coach and I have both set up every routine of my daily activities centred around the Olympic races. We want to make sure I have the best chance of going into London as a strong competitor in my event, leaving nothing out as to avoid anything being strange to me as the final date approaches.”
Forbes would have a time of 7.95 seconds and a reaction time of 0.292s. He placed sixth running out of lane two in the second heat, which featured Chinese legend Liu Xiang and runners from Europe, Peru and Kuwait.
US hurdler Aries Merritt would win the gold medal in a time of 7.44s. Xiang would nab silver in 7.49s while France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde claimed bronze with a personal-best time of 7.53s. Absent from the meet was reigning 110m hurdles Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba, who has been battling a recurring leg injury. Robles, 25, states he is considering retirement this year.
“I have to motivate myself to give my best effort when it counts most this summer,” Robles said. “I am disappointed about many things. I want to finish the Olympics and retire right then and there.”
From here, Forbes is slated to compete in US outdoor events in locales like Florida prior to the Olympics.