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Forte getting close to that 'explosive power'

Published:Thursday | August 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

BRUSSELS, Belgium:

It did not go to plan for him at the World Championships in London a few weeks ago but improving MVP Track Club sprinter Julian Forte is having quite the year after running personal best times in the 100 metres on three occasions.

His first three sub-10 seconds times in his career and a results sheet that shows six wins from nine starts in the 100m tells the story of a youngster who is primed for even greater strides in the event.

Forte twice clocked 9.99 seconds in 2017 - first in the semi-finals at the National Senior Championships and again during the heats at the World Championships inside the London Stadium.

The 24 year-old would later finish fourth in his semi-final, missing out on a spot in the medal round, but has won both of his races since then including Sunday's personal best clocking of 9.91 seconds at the Berlin ISTAF meet at the Olimpiastadion.




"I was really pleased with the performance. I would have loved if it had come a few weeks earlier at the World Championships, that didn't go as planned, that's how these things go sometimes but nevertheless I think it's a fair consolation," Forte told The Gleaner yesterday.

"I think it showed that I was in that kind of shape at the World Championships, I ran sub-10 in my heats but a few mistakes in my race in the semi-finals made me produce a much slower time. It's a part of the game, I just have to learn from it and try to move forward."

Forte added that he was expecting to run closer to 10 seconds in Berlin and credits his improvements this year to a stronger understanding of the event.

"I was excited and in shock at the same time because a I didn't expect it. I didn't expect to run that fast - maybe sub-10; maybe closer to the 9.99, but not closer to 9.80 so I was really surprised," Forte noted.




"I think I have a lot of room for growth. I still don't think it was a perfect race especially the start which has been failing me all season, the start was poor but I think once I work on that and put together a complete race then I will run even faster than that.

"The 200m suited me because I didn't get to my top speed as quickly as everyone else so the 100m was always a little bit too short for me, whenever I got into my running, everybody was already finished so the 200m being a longer distance was better for me," he shared. "I think I am finally understanding it (100m) and I am getting the explosive power that I need to get out quicker and get to my top speed faster so I will see how it develops over the coming years."

Forte will compete in the non-Diamond League stamped men's 100m at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme Brussels Diamond League today, where he will come up against a field that includes fellow Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake as well as Americans Mike Rodgers and Isiah Young plus Brit James Dasaolu and veteran Kittitian Kim Collins.