Long jump great sees bright fu­ture for Forbes

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - AN­DRE LOWE

MONTE CARLO, Monaco: our- time world and 2004 Olympic long jump cham­pion Dwight Phillips is cer­tain that his young Ja­maican pro­tégé Da­mar Forbes, the 2013 World Cham­pi­onships fi­nal­ist, is poised for suc­cess in the com­ing year.

Phillips, who has known the 23- year- old since his high school days, and who has been work­ing with him for a while, has been im­pressed with the Ja­maican’s devel­op­ment and be­lieves with some im­prove­ments to his strength and speed, he could be a fac­tor at the up­com­ing IAAF World In­door Cham­pi­onships in Sopot, Poland. “We have just en­tered our third week in train­ing

and he is do­ing very

Fwell al­ready, so I am an­tic­i­pat­ing a very good 2014 sea­son for him,” Phillips said. “I feel like in the up­com­ing cham­pi­onships he is go­ing to be a force to reckon with, he has all the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to make that hap­pen. He is fast, he has tremen­dous leap­ing abil­ity so I am look­ing for him to get a lit­tle stronger, I want to get him a lit­tle faster, as well, and we will see at the World In­door Cham­pi­onships what he will do, but I think we will have a suc­cess­ful out­ing there,” said Phillips, who re­tired af­ter the re­cent World Cham­pi­onships in Moscow.

“We are go­ing to sit down at the be­gin­ning of next year and talk about our goals. We al­ready have one goal, which was to fo­cus on the World In­doors, so that’s our main fo­cus right now, but we also want to go and do the Com­mon­wealth Games, so I want to see where he is by then,” added Phillips, who un­der­lined that he is fo­cused on get­ting the best out of Forbes, who is the only ath­lete that he cur­rently coaches.

Phillips made his first se­nior in­ter­na­tional- level fi­nal at the World Cham­pi­onships in Moscow in Au­gust, fin­ish­ing eight with a 8.02m mark. His per­sonal best cur­rently stands at 8.25m Ja­maica’s only se­nior in­ter­na­tional- level medal­list in the men’s long jump is James Beck­ford, who won sil­ver medals at the 1996 Olympic Games, 1995 and 2003 World Cham­pi­onships, as well as the 2004 World In­door Cham­pi­onships.

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