Forbes is peaking nicely

Sprint hurdler is overcoming injury woes

Ronald Forbes is finding his best form just in time for the Commonwealth Games next month after overcoming injury problems. 

The 29-year-old 110 meters hurdler competed over the weekend at the American Track League Invite in Houston, Texas, finishing fourth overall in a respectable time of 13.71 seconds, considering it was into a strong head wind.  

“The run felt great but there is still room for much improvement,” Forbes said. “My Jamaican training partner Richard Philips, who came fifth, is going over the race with my coach Joey Scott to make corrections as needed.  

“The 13.71 seconds is my season’s best so far and my next meet is the Trinidad trials at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain this Friday and Saturday.  

“I’m feeling really great moving into the final stages before the Commonwealth Games.” 

Forbes said he hopes to climb up the world rankings after this weekend’s race and feels extremely confident going into the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland from Jul. 23.  

Preparations are going well and there are no injury worries in practice sessions, he said. Forbes made a tentative return after months of Achilles heel injury at the Cayman Invitational a month ago. At the last Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, India the Caymanian from North Side finished sixth in the finals and he hopes to get back to those finals and improve on that result.  

Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment won Olympic bronze at the London Games two years ago and has had some fast runs this year so will be the favorite for gold. He also did the sprint hurdles at the first two Cayman Invitationals, winning both times.  

Forbes said, “I can’t focus on that though, I only can focus on my lane and those 10 hurdles as everyone would and see what the best possible outcome of that will be once the gun goes off.” 


Ronald Forbes is looking forward to racing in Trinidad this weekend. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD