Forbes describes "best season of career"

September 08, 2017
Shashalee Forbes

World University Games 100m champion Shashalee Forbes said the just ended track and field season as the best of her career and is hoping for more success next year.

The 21-year-old Forbes, the reigning national 200m champion, anchored Jamaica's 4x100m relay team to bronze medal at the World Championships in London in August.

The sprinter also turned back a strong field to win the gold at the World University Games a few weeks later in a season's best time of 11.18 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Forbes, who is a member of Sprintec Track Club which is based at the GC Foster College in St Catherine, told Star Sports that she plans on building on this season's achievements.


Surprised myself


"My success this season has been a great one because I surprised myself in many areas. Making the World Championships is one and getting the gold at the World University Games is another and so I can't really complain."

"Next season is the Commonwealth Games and so I will just train towards that, but I am aiming for better things because I think that I will make that team," Forbes said.

The athlete, who ran personal bests of 11.10 in the 100m and 22.71 in the 200m this season, was a member of Jamaica's 4x200m relay team, which won the gold at the World Relays in the Bahamas in April. She will be training much harder to improve her times.

"I think I can run much faster. All I have to do is just put in the hard work at training," she said.

"I am 100 per cent confident because I have seen myself doing things that I didn't think I could do," Forbes said.

The former Holmwood Technical star competed on the IAAF Diamond League circuit for the first time this year, where she had good performances in the 100m.

"These experiences mean a lot me and it shows that I have a lot in me and there is more to come next season and so I will never give up on myself," she noted.