Forbes’ Rio hopes end at the hurdle heats

| 15/08/2016 | 30 Comments
Cayman News Service

Ronald Forbes at the Rio Olympics

(CNS): With a time of 14:67, Ronald Forbes was well short of his personal best and failed to qualify for the 110-metre hurdles semi-final on a very wet Monday night in Rio. Forbes, who was the last of the Cayman team to compete, ran in heat four and missed the torrential downpour which caused a 25-minute delay to the action after the second heat. His race was won by Konstadinos Douvalidis of Greece, who clocked 13:41, but a false start saw the French competitor, Wilhem Belocian, running in the lane next to Forbes, disqualified.

Given the heavy rain the athletes faced in the first two races, a decision was made for the eight non-qualifiers from those heats to race again in a final heat to try and qualify on time.

However, Forbes, who was in race four, wasn’t given a second chance. The 31-year-old had carried the flag for the Cayman team in the opening ceremony of the Games, and with a personal best this year of 13:26, which he ran in April, there had been high hopes that he would have made the semis in Rio.

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  1. Anon says:

    At least we didn’t false start like the French!

  2. Anonymous says:

    If Ronald did have recent surgery on one of his legs and it affected his performance then that would explain his slow time, but he needs to stand up and explain why he ran so poorly.

  3. Just Sayin' says:

    Ronald is bad ass, always has been, always will be. Go watch the interview. Kemar has no excuse.

  4. Swimmers says:

    Did the Fraser brothers compete?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I trust those that are so strongly against Cayman financially supporting our Olympic athletes offer the same advice to “White countries” that send their best every 4 years.

    According to the twisted logic being spewed here on CNS, countries like Russia, Great Britain, Iceland, Norway, Holland, Germany, etc really ought to simply cancel all sprint aspects of their school and national sport programs … or at least limit to the melanated minority percentage of their population.

    After all, when last have we seen a White sprint Champion? (I mean since Blacks were recognized as human beings and deemed worthy to represent western countries, of course.)
    Actually, when last have we seen a non-Black 100m medalist for that matter?

    Hmm, while we’re at it CNS contributors, let’s add all of Asia to this ban. Yep, even the billions that make up India and China.

    Yep, a collossal waste of funds indeed!

    P.S. Shout-out to Schippers of the Netherlands (European 100m Champion)…she did her thing the other night.

    Congrats for making it to yet another Olympic Games Ronald! Hold that head high and eat a doughnut at last.

    See you when you get back.

  6. stormwatcherci says:

    I personally watched him last night and remembering the fact he has had surgeries recently to repair damage to his leg/legs I think he did great considering the fact he was one of the few who cleared all the hurdles without knocking any over. Good job Ronald !

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s like the parable of the Emperor’s New Cothes. Forbes did well to qualify as an Olympian, but his performance in Rio was hugely disappointing. In the U.S. or Europe he would be roundly criticised, as by any armslength (non-Caymanian) standards his performance on the day was lamentable and brings into question his Government funding.

    • Anonymous says:

      Re: “In the U.S. or Europe he would be roundly criticised”
      Who? When? Where?

      What American, British, or European athlete that QUALIFIED for the Olympic Games would be “roundly criticised” and by whom?
      Other than sad, life-less trolls … like someone you may know very well, that is.

  8. Anonymous says:

    yawn,,,same story every time

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you stupid? (And that’s a rhetorical question 8:56 AM)

    • SSM345 says:

      08:56, is your comment coming from someone who is unfit, never played sport to an international level and never dreamed about being in the Olympics but rather their next super sized Big Mac meal from McDonalds?

      Getting to the Olympics, yes the Olympics, is a feat in itself.

      Absolute moron.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Proud of you Ronald, let no one discourage you. Anyone with any negative feedback – let’s see you get out there and run it and see how well you do. You are most likely NOT an Olympian so please just hush ya mouth!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just getting to the Olympics is a great achievement. Congrats Ronald!!

  11. Zika free Friday's says:

    Now when they all return home can we please keep them quarantined in Ozzy’s Ebola tent until the results of their Zika tests are in?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Anonymous says:

      6:41 am. Typical Caymanian b s. Your house, if you have one, would be the most suitable place for a quarantine shed.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What an embarrassing performance – over 1 second behind the heat winner and 1.41 seconds behind his personal best.

    • Anonymous says:

      In my opinion the only people who can make a comment like that are those that can run it faster, that’s why ex-athletes make up the commentary teams….. You probably burned as many calories writing your comment as you did on everything else you did all day.

    • Clever Boy 345 says:

      Please tell me more about your Personal Best over the 110m Hurdles Bobo.

      • SSM345 says:

        Maybe they can tell us about their world ranking in anything whatsoever at the same time?

        The only person who should be embarrassed is you at your abhorrent comment towards a person who has dedicated their entire life to representing the Cayman Islands on an international stage.

        Effing loser.

    • Anonymous says:

      You know what’s Embarrassing? the fact that people like you exist. people who have no dreams and try to bring people that are actually achieving their dreams down.
      Yo Ronald, Big up Yourself Fam, Proud of you.
      and 5:15 Get a life.

    • Anonymous says:

      And exactly what is embarrassing about his performance. He made it to the OLYMPICS. Just to qualify is one of the greatest achievements that an athlete can ever hope for. If you have nothing nice to say, especially when someone has worked so hard to get where they are, please do not post something negative like this to degrade, humiliate and hurt another person. WELL DONE RONALD/CUZ we are so very proud of you, your accomplishments and representing the Cayman Islands on this International Platform.

    • Black Adanni says:

      Yes 5:15am obviously you got up this morning still carrying your resentment for the natives and Ronald’s acheivements You foreign punk you. What many like you need to do is try leave our little island.

    • SSM345 says:

      (5:15) Says the fat bastard sitting at his keyboard. He made it to the Olympics and represented Our Country on a world stage if that hadn’t clicked yet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Embarrassing performance? have you been apart of a race that not does require you to lift your hand to your mouth and insert fork! Speak from a position of knowledge or experience, not a couch like I am sure you are doing.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Bless up! Proud of you Ronald

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m proud of Ronald and all our participants in the Olympics. Skill, Dedication, determination and hard work. Who dares to criticize! Shame on all the critics.

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