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Forbes finds his rhythm going into Rio

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Damar Forbes believes he has finally nailed down a technique that will see him doing well at next month's Olympic Games. The 25-year-old jumped 8.16 metres to win at the recent National Senior Championships, equalling his best mark since 2013 when he recorded a personal best of 8.25m.

But having been the first Jamaican since James Beckford to qualify for the Olympics in the men's long jump when he did so four years ago, Forbes believes that he can improve on what he did in that initial outing.

"I have never had a style. On the run way I have never had a comfortable position. This is the first year that I have actually found a rhythm within myself where I know if I continue doing this, I know I am going to jump good," Forbes said. "So I have got the rhythm of where I want to be because before, I didn't. It was all over the place, but right now, I am in a good place.

"I have been consistent with the rhythm I have as I have been going over eight metres almost every time I jump."

Forbes believes he will need to be in the 8.40m range to get among the medals in Rio and is optimistic that with the physical condition he is in at present that the distance can be achieved.

"With my fitness level going up, the distance will also go up, so I am just holding the faith that it will come when it needs to come," Forbes said.

- R. J.