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Forte says coach ‘will get me there’

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 5:19 PMRodney Hinds
USA's Marvin Bracy (right) wins the men's 100m final ahead of second place Great Britain's Adam Gemili, at the Birmingham Grand Prix Diamond League athletics meeting, at Alexander stadium in Birmingham, England, yesterday. Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Julian Forte placed fourth and seventh, respectively.


WHEN A sprinter makes a bad start, the chances of success are virtually nil.

That was the case for young Jamaican sprinter Juilan Forte as he contested the Birmingham Diamond League 100m yesterday.

Forte made a sluggish start to Heat A. However, there was some solace as he came home third and qualified for the final with a season's best time of 10.06 seconds.

What could he have achieved with a decent start will be the question on his lips, as he makes his way back to the Caribbean.

But having qualified for the final, he was run out of it by American Marvin Bracy (9.93); Great Britain's Adam Gemili (9.97); and Michael Rodgers, who also clocked 9.97.

Forte's 10.15 was only good enough for seventh in a sprint field full of class.

Forte admitted as much when he said: "The heat was OK even though I did not make the best of starts.

"I was focused on the last part of my race, but things didn't quite work out. I need to do a lot more work.

"I have a lot of trust in my coach, so things should be OK moving forward," the Stephen Francis-coached runner said.

"He'll get me there, so I'm not too worried about today's display."