Ronald Forbes was enjoying a relatively injury-free season until the Olympic high hurdler suffered a frustrating injury that has prematurely ended his season.
The 28-year-old 110 metres hurdles specialist was feeling great after a fine run at the Cayman Invitational last month when just about every athlete’s occupational hazard hit him. He sustained an Achilles tendonitis injury three weeks ago during training in Miami.
Hansle Parchment, the Jamaican bronze medallist from the 2012 London Olympics, retained his Cayman Invitational 110m hurdles title ahead of Forbes, but he too is injured.
“I was trying to get it together and under control so that I could continue my season, but unfortunately everyone of the therapies I’ve tried so far has got it better in a sense but not so that I can compete in a meaningful way,” Forbes said.
Forbes was advised to give it a complete rest and end his 2013 outdoors season in an unsatisfactory fashion. So he will miss the Central America and Caribbean Games and also the world championships. The injury had no tears or pops, so it is likely to heal quickly, he said.
Forbes and his coach, Joey Scott, have noticed that several of his teammates in Miami have suffered similar injuries. They are all analysing the causes. Now he is targeting his return for the World Indoor Championships in Poland in March 2014 and then the Commonwealth Games in Scotland later next year.
At the last Commonwealth Games three years ago in India, Forbes reached the finals and hopes to do the same again.
“Hopefully, I can make it to the podium this time,” he said.
“Between those two and the Cayman Invitational next year, God’s willing, I hope to put down an even better job than I did this year. I’m just trying to keep the future bright for myself and not get down.
“There are a whole lot of people that have suffered what I’ve suffered this year, including Parchment who was injured at the Jamaican trials last week. It just goes to show how quickly things can change for you. “It doesn’t matter if you’re at the top of the world rankings or bottom, that’s just how the sport goes and we should just try to do the best no matter what the situation is.”