Forbes misses hurdle in London 2012 heats

| 07/08/2012

forbes 110m heats    7 aug 12 059.jpg(CNS): Cayman’s Ronald Forbes stumbled towards the end of his 110metres hurdles heat this morning in London and failed to qualify for the semi-finals after finishing in eighth place. The 27-year-old athlete described it as a devastating mistake as he believed he could have made the semis as one of the fastest qualifiers had he not missed the hurdle. Speaking to the CIOC reporter, he said he came off the ninth hurdle and stumbled on the second step. Forebs said he could not push off going into the last hurdle. “I was just forced to push it down. It was a crucial and devastating mistake but I’m not injured, nothing’s wrong. I really tried my best but under the circumstances it was a crucial mistake,” the runner told Ron Shillingford.

Forbes’ disappointment comes in the wake of setbacks for Cayman’s other too track stars. Cydonie Mothersill, who was scheduled to run in the women’s 200m yesterday, elected not to start the race because of a tendon injury that had not healed.  Kemar Hyman, who had qualified for the men’s 100m semi-final, was also missing from the line up in that race on Sunday after he began feeling intense pain in his warm up ahead of the big race.

Hyman, who is only 22 and Cayman’s record holder for 100m, is one of the fastest men in the world after clocking a time recently of 9.95 and will be looking ahead to future international games including the Brazil Olympics in 2016. However, at 34, this is likely to be Mothersill’s last Olympics. Mothersill is also one of the fastest women in the world and the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and was expected to qualify had she competed.

Forbes at 27 will continue to compete and has his eye on the Rio Games but was disappointed by his performance, which comes following a year plagued with injury.

“This year hasn’t been good for me. I was injured for most of the year. When those guys were out there running, meet after meet, after meet, I only ran three races for the whole year because of multiple injuries that kept coming along,” he said adding that he had tried his best.

“I don’t care if my leg is dropping off, I’m going out there to represent. I did not work this hard to see beside my name ‘did not start’.”

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  1. Pierre says:


    Ron – The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. And you have!!!

    Yours truly,

    Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ronald we are very proud of you.  Do some reading on Dr. Arthur Wint who was the first Jamaican to take home the Gold in 1940.  This man is a true inspiration.  From the long leg boy from Calabar High School to giving Jamaica their first Gold Medal,  to becoming a Pilot and then a medical doctor. You too can give Cayman the first Gold at the Olympics as the boy from North Side who  shows up for the race and did your best. Personally I am tired of the lame excuses.  You are our hero and you can make it. Do everything to keep you motivated, train hard, pray hard and do some reading on the Jamaican Gold Medalist. You should feel free to link up with them and visit with them sometime. Remember we are all one in the Caribbean Sea.  



  3. Other Olympians says:

    As we say in the Olympics "Citius Altius Fortius" You did us proud Ronald!!!! So see you 4 years time in Rio my Caymanian brother 


  4. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Ronald you are the best!! You have the right attitude and determination to acheive your goals. Agree with you 100% travel so far to DNS… sah not acceptable at all. Go out there and do your best, which you did is all us in the Cayman Islands is asking for!! Good job, Keep it up and one day your dreams will come through, you are on the right track!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Unlucky Ronald, it happens. Still time for Rio !

  6. Anonymous says:

    We the Melvilites are very proud of you you have done a great job

    • Anonymous says:

      for those who gave thumps down on a comment coming from the melvilites, well just to inform you The Melvilites is Ronald's family which is the descendants of Amy and Melville Ebanks family tree.

      Ronald you did your best, and we love you, continue to reach your goal.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations for your great effort's Mr Forbes!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nuff respect mi brethren!! You showed up and you did your best and that is the quality of a real sports man. With this determination and fine qualities I have no doubt that you will be our first Olympian to take home the Gold Medal.  From your Jamaican fans who admires you dearly. 

  9. Anonymous says:

    I'm so proud of you Ronald for not having DNS next to your name. You went out and tried your best which is all we can ask for.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thats right. You didn’t travel all the way to England for DNS!! All we ask of you is to try your best.

  10. Forrest Gumpbanks says:

    Call ’em out brudda. Run till your legs drop off is right. Nuff respect.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey cuz ah so it goes. You are still our champion and you did your best. Very few of us can say we made it to the Olympics. We are so proud of you. From your number one Brac fan