Forte: 'The next big thing'

September 17, 2016
@Normal:Julian Forte of Jamaica celebrates after winning the 200m at the Diamond League Memorial Van Damme athletics event, at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels yesterday. Forte clocked 19.97 seconds.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Julian Forte

With much hope riding on Julian Forte's shoulders to be the next top male sprinter from his MVP Track and Field club, the University of Technology student remains confident of success and tips himself to be among the best sprinters in the world in the next few years.

The 23-year-old won the 200 metres in a personal best 19.97 seconds at the Memorial van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels on September 9.

He had run a season's best 10.05 seconds in the final of the London Diamond League in July, just short of his 10.03-second personal best.

The athlete says he is working to be the next 'big thing.'

"I am a person that's always confident, always working hard, and I always believe that I can do well," he said.

"When I don't, it's a disappointment to me, so I just go back and figure out what the next step is. So given the time I did in Brussels, it was my best for the season, but I feel like I can do much better, and I will just continue to work towards that," he continued.

"It was a good feeling. I ended the season on a high. I got four wins in my last four races. It was a disappointment not competing in Rio, obviously. That was one of my goals, and one of my other goals, was to go sub-10 and sub-20," he told STAR Sports.

Forte will be taking a rest then heading back to the drawing board.

"I believe that I can get much better, so I am just working towards that. In two to three years, I want to see myself among the best in the world and among the best to ever do it," he said.

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