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London 2017 | Forte-itude: Julian returns stronger after disappointment in 2016

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

LONDON, England:

Forte admitted that last year's misfortune was used as a key motivator heading into this season, while noting that he is thrilled to have secured a spot on Jamaica's team to the World Championships in London.

In his only other individual participation at a major international senior championships, Forte made it to the semi-final round in the 200m at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, with a run in the heats on Jamaica's eventual gold medal winning 4x100m relay team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games being his only other senior assignment to date.

"I am very happy to be here, this was my main goal at the beginning of the season and I was preparing to be here," said Forte. "It was definitely a source of motivation for me and I used that to push me this season."




Forte, who has a personal best of 9.99 seconds, which he ran at the National Championships in June says he will be approaching the event with confidence noting that he is not worried about the competition before him as he hunts a spot on the podium.

"Right now, I am not really worried about the competition, I am just trying to ensure I execute the race the way I am supposed to and once I get that done I will be all right. I think I am in great shape and I am very pleased with the preparation so it's just about going out there and executing," he said before underlining that he does not believe things will be easier in the event this time around given that there has not been a dominant sprinter in the men's 100m this season.

"You have a lot of guys running the same times right about now but I would never underestimate my competition. I just have to focus on doing what I have to do and not think about that too much. The 100m is a short race so I would say I have to get all of the phases right. It's a series of events in terms of execution so I just want to nail each phase," Forte added.

Missing from the field will be pre-meet medal favourite Andre De Grasse, who suffered a hamstring injury on Monday during a training session here.

"I can say I understand how he feels, it's a tough break coming into the championships to have it come at this time. I would never want that to happen to any athlete and you always want to line up with the best in the world so I wish him a speedy recovery," said Forte.

- A.L.