Long jump great sees bright future for Forbes
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.