Forbes Qualifies for Olympic Long Jump Semifinal

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Forbes Qualifies for Olympic Long Jump Semifinal

BATON ROUGE – Damar Forbes’ jump of 25 feet, 9 ¼ inches on his very first attempt of Friday’s qualifying round earned him the 12th and final qualifying spot into the men’s long jump semifinal at the 2016 Olympic Games to highlight the opening day of the athletics competition at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

As one of the first jumpers to step onto the runway in the event, Forbes waited anxiously before his qualification into the semifinal round was confirmed as the 12th-place finisher in qualifying.

He followed his opening jump of 25-9 ¼ (-0.1) in the first round with marks of 25-2 ½ (+0.4) in the second round and 25-0 (-0.2) in the third round to advance to his first Olympic semifinal in his second career appearance at the Olympic Games. Forbes placed 18th overall in qualifying in his Olympics debut in London four years ago.

The 2013 NCAA Champion will start with a clean slate in the semifinal round that is set to begin Saturday night at 6:50 p.m. CT. The field will be cut to eight finalists after three rounds of jumps by the 12 semifinalists.

Friday’s opening day of the athletics competition also featured the first round of qualifying of both the men’s 400-meter dash and women’s 100-meter dash. Tiger senior Fitzroy Dunkley finished in 24th place in the field for the 400 meters with his run of 45.66 seconds in the first preliminary heat, while former Lady Tiger Kelly-Ann Baptiste placed 27th overall in 100-meter qualifying with her time of 11.42 (-0.7) for fourth place in the fifth heat.

While not advancing in their individual events, both will feature as part of their country’s respective relay pools next week as Baptiste will run the women’s 4×100-meter relay for Trinidad & Tobago and Dunkley will run the men’s 4×400-meter relay for Jamaica. Below is the full competition schedule for LSU’s track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics as times are Central and subject to change based on round-by-round qualification.

LSU’s Athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games
Note: Times listed are Central and subject to change based on round-by-round qualification.

Saturday, Aug. 13
10 a.m. – Men’s 100 Meters Prelims (Gabriel Mvumvure, Richard Thompson)
6:50 p.m. – Men’s Long Jump Final (Damar Forbes)

Sunday, Aug. 14
7 p.m. – Men’s 100 Meters Semifinals (Gabriel Mvumvure, Richard Thompson)
8:25 p.m. – Men’s 100 Meters Final (Gabriel Mvumvure, Richard Thompson)

Monday, Aug. 15
7:30 p.m. – Women’s 400 Hurdles Prelims (Chanice Chase)

Tuesday, Aug. 16
9:05 a.m. – Women’s 100 Hurdles Prelims (Nickiesha Wilson)
9:50 a.m. – Men’s 200 Meters Prelims (Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake)
7:10 p.m. – Women’s 400 Hurdles Semifinals (Chanice Chase)

Wednesday, Aug. 17
8:55 a.m. – Women’s 800 Meters Prelims (Natoya Goule)
6:45 p.m. – Women’s 100 Hurdles Semifinals (Nickiesha Wilson)
8 p.m. – Men’s 200 Meters Semifinals (Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake)
8:55 p.m. – Women’s 100 Hurdles Final (Nickiesha Wilson)

Thursday, Aug. 18
9:20 a.m. – Women’s 4×100 Relay Prelims (Kelly-Ann Baptiste)
9:40 a.m. – Men’s 4×100 Relay Prelims (Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Richard Thompson)
7:15 p.m. – Women’s 800 Meters Semifinals (Natoya Goule)
8:15 p.m. – Women’s 400 Hurdles Final (Chanice Chase)
8:30 p.m. – Men’s 200 Meters Final (Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake)

Friday, Aug. 19
7:10 p.m. – Men’s 4×400 Relay Prelims (Fitzroy Dunkley)
8:15 p.m. – Women’s 4×100 Relay Final (Kelly-Ann Baptiste)
8:35 p.m. – Men’s 4×100 Relay Final (Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Richard Thompson)

Saturday, Aug. 20
7:15 p.m. – Women’s 800 Meters Final (Natoya Goule)
8:35 p.m. – Men’s 4×400 Relay Final (Fitzroy Dunkley)