Ronald Forbes’ coach Tuesday (16 August) said he wanted to pull the three-time Olympian out of the Rio 2016 Games due to his calf injury but Forbes insisted on running.
Forbes Monday (15 August) did not advance to the men’s 110-metre hurdle semifinals, finishing sixth in his heat in 14.67 seconds. That’s nearly a full second slower than his Cayman Islands record time he set earlier this year. He suffered an injury to his calf that his coach says is nearly almost always season-ending and many times career-ending.
“He was supposed to be out for the rest of the year,” Forbes’ coach Joey Scott said. “But just with his determination and his heart he came back; it’s 12 weeks. He just got injured 12 weeks ago. And for him to come out and do this and make it over 10 barriers and just put aside his pride and say, ‘you know, no matter what the outcome is, I wanna carry Cayman Islands across that line.’ That says a lot about an athlete. That says a lot about his character and that shows a lot about his relentlessness.”
The 110 hurdle heats were hit hard by heavy rains and blustering winds. Olympic organisers re-ran the first two heats, in fact, saying those runners were significantly impacted by the weather. Forbes — who said last month he still couldn’t walk — says rain wasn’t an issue.
“The weather factor last night was insignificant to the storm I’ve faced in the last three-and-a-half months,” Forbes said. “I got out and I was like, ‘OK I’m literally about to do this. This is the first time I’ve seen 10 hurdles lined up at competition height in three months. I don’t know how I’m going to do this.’ As I kept going I was like, ‘just keep clearing them, keep clearing them, keep clearing them.’ And I made it through the line, I bent down; I didn’t even know what time it was, I didn’t even care at that point. I was like, ‘the fact is I just cleared 10 hurdles after having less than two weeks of hurdle practice.'”
Forbes’ race completes Cayman’s time competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.