Ronald Forbes has set a new Cayman Islands record in the 110-metre high hurdles.
Running in his outdoor season opener over the weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays, Forbes broke his own National mark by crossing the line in 13.41 seconds, about six one-hundredths of a second better than his previous mark.
The race was Forbes’ first competition since an error by the Cayman Islands Athletics Association cost him a chance to run at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
“Just want to use it as a motivational tool for you guys,” Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden told Cayman’s CARIFTA medalists last week a press conference. “Ronald just ran his first outdoor event since the mishap where he unfortunately didn’t make the world indoors and he just set a new National record.
“That’s the heart of a lion. That’s what I want you guys to have. Things will happen to you in life and sidetrack you and you feel the whole world is against you and everything is upside down. But Ronald is focused on Rio and he’s not making anything get in the way.”
Cayman’s sprint-double record holder Kemar Hyman also opened his outdoor season at the meet. He finished third in the men’s 100-metre dash in a time of 10.14 seconds. He also led his 4×100-metre relay team to a fourth-place finish.