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#RioGoldRush: Damar Forbes jumps into final but long way off his best

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 8:53 PM
Forbes: I made the final by the skin of my teeth and I can only be thankful for that.

Damar Forbes has booked his place in the final of the men's long jump at the Rio Olympic Games but was not happy with his qualifying performance.

Forbes, the reining national long jump champion recorded marks of 7.85m, 7.68m and 7.62 to secure his place in the final.

The 25-year-old Forbes, has now become the second Jamaican to qualify for the final of the long jump at the Olympic Games, with James Beckford being the first in 1996.    

Forbes says he was very proud of his achievements, but will have to put in a much better performance in order to win a medal in the final.

"It means a lot but I didn't do my best today," said Forbes.

"I had a lot of rushed mistakes because the adrenaline and excitement had me rush everything so I have to go back and calm down and think about what I have to do calm down," he said.  

"Coach told me to move back which probably wasn't the best thing so we have to talk about that ... I made the final by the skin of my teeth and I can only be thankful for that," Forbes added.

Jamaica's other competitor in the event, Aubrey Smith failed to qualify for the final, after fouling on his three attempts.  

PROFILE- Damar Forbes 
Age: 25 years old
High School: Martin Luther King Jr. High School
Tertiary Education: Louisiana State University
Event: Men’s long
jump
Personal Best: 8.25m

PROFILE - Aubrey Smith
Age: 28 years old
Events: Men’s long jump
Personal Best: 8.16m