Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Jamaica's top junior sprinter is expressing confidence ahead of his opening race, on tomorrow's second day of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships.
Forte, the fastest Jamaican junior sprinter this year, joined up with the team in Barcelona on Monday night after wrapping up final preparations with his MVP coach Stephen Francis at the club's training base in Lignano, Italy.
The MVP team, which consists of a host of world class athletes, is wrapping up preparations for the 2012 London Olympics set to start on the 27th.
"I am very confident as always and I just plan to go out there and do my best," Forte told The Gleaner yesterday.
This is the University of Technology student's second World Junior Championships, though injury ruled him out of the 2010 edition in Canada.
"I am coming in totally injury-free this time around and that's very pleasing," Forte expressed.
Forte's times of 10.19 seconds over the 100 metres and 20.38 seconds over 200 metres is the quickest by a Jamaican junior this year, while his 200m clocking at the junior trials is the second fastest in the world this year by a junior.
American Tryreek Hill leads the way with his time of 20.14 which he ran in May.
Forte is not saddened that his coach took the decision to allow him to run only the 100 metres at trials.
"It is still a sprint event and I like the 200m, so no problem," the 19-year-old said.
"Every time I go out there to compete, I hope to leave a mark, so I am just going out there to do my thing," he added.
Forte is also likely to form part of the 4x100m relay team, which head coach Michael Dyke has tipped to win the gold medal and set a new national junior record.