A lot has happened in the life of Ronald Forbes since his last Olympic Games, including a leg injury that could have cost him his career.
“I literally thought it was over,” Forbes said of his career following the 2013 leg injury. “I spent months at home wandering around figuring out ho do I get this fixed. And much prayer and much consulting with different doctors, I was able to pull through that and get it fixed. And I said to myself at that point, if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”
And that’s good, because this season has pushed him as well. Weeks after he broke his own Cayman Islands record — twice — and ran the sixth-fastest 110-metre hurdles time in the world at that point, he suffered another leg injury.
“Unfortunately this one happened. I knew what that entailed and what lied ahead and what challenges I faced. I’m meeting those challenges head on and battling every single day,” Forbes said.
His situation makes it difficult to gauge expectations for Rio 2016. Early on in the season he ran the best times of his life — some of the best in the world — but he hasn’t run since April. But that time off hasn’t tempered his excitement.
“I’ve been excited,” Forbes said. “Keeping that excitement up day-by-day. Day-by-day I’m feeling physically better.”
Heading to his third Olympics, he’s the seasoned veteran of Cayman’s group and says he’s learned a lot from Beijing and London.
“I know how to prepare,” he said. “I know what to do, what not to do. And ultimately stay focused on the task at hand.”
Forbes owns three Cayman Islands athletics records. Outdoor, he’s the 110 hurdles record holder at 13.36 seconds. Indoor, he owns the country’s 55-metre and 60-metre hurdles marks.
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