Ronald Forbes is in the final stages of his preparations for the London Olympics and is itching to compete in the ultimate test for the Cayman Islands.
The 27-year-old sprint hurdler from North Side has overcome a couple of niggling injuries in recent months and is now ready to match his rivals when the Games start on 27 July.
The 110 metres hurdles is one of the most difficult events to perfect because it is technically demanding, short and explosive, so there is little leeway for mistakes. But Forbes is confident he will give a good account of himself.
“Preparations are going great,” he said. “We arrived here in the UK on Tuesday at the pre-Games camp in Surrey and training is going great so far.
“My schedule leading up to the Games is to get everything that I can out of my practice sessions as possible, increasing my chances to do the best that I can come race day. I will also be racing on Wednesday in Wales in a meet to help get that race gear going even faster.”
Forbes is not putting too much pressure on himself but feels in the right shape to reach the final.
“My expectations are to do a new personal best out here,” he said. “I just want to go out there and execute my race the best that I can come race day. Take every round as if it was the finals each time.
“It is going to be a very serious finals with three of my competitors running sub-13 seconds this year, meaning the final round is going to be epic to say the least and I am trying my hardest to be in it.”
The fastest sprint hurdlers this year are China’s Xiang Liu (12.97 seconds) who is the 2004 Olympic champion and the American pair of Aries Merritt (12.93secs) and Jason Richardson (12.98sec). Forbes set his personal best of 13.50 seconds last year.
He was at the Jamaica trials a few weeks ago to get some race sharpness after injury but things did not go as planned. “I went to Jamaica for the trials and everything was a go and I was feeling great.
“Unfortunately, while warming up the evening of the race, I suffered a cramp in my right groin muscle and after having it checked by the medics, I was advised that it would be in my best interests not to run.
“Though i really wanted to race, I decided to follow the medics advice. It is always a pleasure to run in Jamaica, I don’t know if I am the only person but when I get there, the island just gives off a hyped vibe that gets you ready long before race day. I hope to run there soon again.”