Events: Long Jump (IN: 26-7 ¾; OUT: 27-0), Triple Jump (IN: 52-10 ¼; OUT: 52-0)
Swept NCAA silver medals in the long jump with his performance as a junior in 2012 ... Scored eight points for the Tigers by claiming the NCAA Indoor silver medal with a series-best jump of 26 feet, 2 ¾ inches at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Nampa, Idaho ... Was also an NCAA Championships qualifier in the triple jump during the indoor season, finishing in 16th place with a mark of 48-10 ¼ ... Set an indoor personal record of 26-7 ¾ to win the long jump title at the Tyson Invitational ... Climbed to the No. 3 spot on LSU's all-time indoor performance list with his indoor PR of 26-7 ¾ ... Jumped more than 26 feet in five of his seven meets during the 2012 indoor season ... Earned All-SEC honors with a second-place finish in the long jump at the SEC Indoor Championships with a mark of 26-1 ... Also scored six points by claiming the SEC Indoor bronze medal in the triple jump with a lifetime PR of 52-10 ¼ in the conference final ... Swept long jump (26-0 ¾) and triple jump (51-10 ¾) titles at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational during the indoor season ... Also soared 26-0 ¼ indoors for second place in the long jump at the Razorback Invitational ... Repeated his performance during the outdoor season while capturing the SEC Outdoor and NCAA Outdoor silver medals in the long jump ... Jumped a wind-aided 26-6 ½ for second place in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa ... Posted a seasonal-best wind-legal mark of 26-8 ¼ (+1.2) for second place at the SEC Outdoor Championships at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium ... Finished in 11th place in the triple jump at the SEC Outdoor meet with a best of 48-2 ½ ... Qualified for the national semifinals in the long jump with the third-best mark of the quarterfinal round at 25-4w at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Won the long jump title at the Battle on the Bayou (25-7 ¼) ... Finished runner-up in the event at the Penn Relays (25-7 ½w) ... Took third place at the Texas Relays (26-0 ¼) ... Followed the collegiate season by making his Olympics debut for Jamaica ... Crowned the Jamaican national champion in the long jump with a winning leap of 25-10 ¾ (-0.7) at the Jamaican Senior Championships in Kingston ... Met the Olympic "A" qualifying standard with a wind-legal PR of 27-0 set at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2011 ... Finished in 18th place in long jump qualifying at the 2012 Olympic Games in London with a best mark of 25-6 ¾ posted during the meet.
Solidified his reputation as one of the elite long jumpers in the NCAA after wrapping up the collegiate season as the national runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa ... Earned his first career All-America honor and joined the 27-foot club by shattering his lifetime personal record with a jump of 27-0 on his fourth attempt of the long jump final en route to an NCAA runner-up finish ... Was second only to three-time NCAA long jump champion Ngonidzashe Makusha of Florida State (27-6 ¾) in the national final ... Moved into the No. 3 spot on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list in the long jump, trailing only former NCAA champions John Moffitt (27-9 ½) and Llewellyn Starks (27-0 ½) in the school rankings ... Also ranked No. 18 worldwide for the 2011 outdoor season after setting his PR of 27-0 at the NCAA Championships ... Advanced to the NCAA semifinal in Des Moines following a second-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Bloomington, Ind. (25-8 ¼) ... Competed in both the long jump and triple jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Scored four points for the Tigers with a fifth-place finish in the long jump after jumping 26-1 ¾ at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Earned a 16th-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 48-8 ¾ ... Won the long jump title at the LSU Invitational (25-4 ¾) ... Earned a runner-up finish at the LSU Alumni Gold with a wind-aided mark of 26-1 ½ ... Competed in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in his career ... Nearly took home All-America honors during the indoor season with a ninth-place finish at the national meet in College Station, Texas ... Jumped a series-best 25-4 en route to a ninth-place finish in the final at the NCAA Indoor meet ... Earned his first career all-conference honor during the 2011 indoor season with an All-SEC runner-up finish in the long jump at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Matched his indoor PR with a series-best effort of 26-3 to take second place indoors at the SEC Championships ... Added a seventh-place finish in the triple jump at the SEC Indoor meet while jumping 51-7 ¾ ... Scored a total of 10 points for the Tigers with his performance at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Set his PR of 26-3 for the first time in a runner-up finish at the Purple Tiger Invitational in LSU's 2011 indoor season opener ... Won the long jump at the LSU vs. Texas A&M Dual Meet with a mark of 25-10 ¼ ... Placed third at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (25-0 ¾) and fifth at the Tyson Invitational (25-6 ¼) during the indoor season ... Posted an indoor seasonal best in the triple jump at 51-10 in a fifth-place finish at the Razorback Invitational ... Followed the collegiate season by representing Jamaica in the long jump at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea ... Met the "A" qualifying standard with his seasonal-best jump of 27-0 at the NCAA meet ... Managed an 18th-place finish in qualification at the World Championships after jumping a series-best 25-11 ½ ... Also jumped 25-7 ½ to claim the silver medal for Jamaica in the long jump at the 2011 Central American & Caribbean Championships held in Puerto Rico.
Proved to be one of the nation's top young talents in the long jump and triple jump with his performance in 2010 ... Ranked among the NCAA's top freshmen performers in each event ... Wrapped up the outdoor campaign as the nation's No. 3-ranked freshman in both the long jump and triple jump ... Shattered indoor and outdoor personal bests in both horizontal jumps during his freshman season ... Made his debut in the long jump and triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Finished in 14th place in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor meet with a top mark of 24-7 ¼ in the preliminary round ... Finished in 20th place in the triple jump at the national meet with a top mark of 49-3 ½ in the competition ... Qualified for the national meet with a third-place finish in the long jump (25-8) and a seventh-place finish in the triple jump (51-7 ¾w) at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. ... Scored six points for the Tigers with his performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Earned a fourth-place finish and five points in the long jump with a new wind-legal lifetime personal best of 26-0 ¼ on his sixth and final attempt of the competition ... Added one point in the triple jump with an eighth-place finish at the SEC Outdoor meet after posting a top mark of 50-2 ¾ in the event ... Jumped a wind-legal PR of 52-0 in his outdoor debut in the triple jump to finish runner-up at the LSU Tiger Relays ... Won the college section of the long jump at the Penn Relays with an impressive mark of 25-10 ¾ on his last jump of the competition ... Also jumped 25-2 in the event in a runner-up finish at the LSU Tiger Relays in his outdoor season opener ... Scored five points between the two events at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Recorded an indoor PR and an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 51-11 ¾ to take fifth place in the triple jump at the SEC Indoor meet ... Finished in eighth place in the long jump with a provisional qualifying mark of 24-9 at the indoor meet ... Posted a top NCAA provisional qualifying mark with an indoor PR of 25-1 ¼ at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top jumps prospects in the United States for the Class of 2009 ... Came to LSU with a personal best of 24-8 ¼ in the long jump ... Also competed in the triple jump with a personal best of 48-1 ¼ ... Won the long jump title at the 2008 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Omaha, Neb., with his personal-best mark of 24-8 ¼ ... Mark ranked No. 7 overall by a high school boy in the United States in 2008 and No. 2 by a member of the Class of 2009 ... Was the Georgia Class 5A state champion in the long jump as a junior in 2008 after jumping 23-10 ½ at the state championship meet ... Was the nation's No. 2-ranked long jumper in the 2009 indoor season after setting a mark of 24-6 ½ to win the event title at the LSU High School Classic ... He also set his overall personal best of 48-1 ¼ to win the triple jump title at the LSU High School Classic ... Coached at the club level by Eric T. Merriweather of the Sprint Athletics Track Club.
Full name is Damar Hopeton Forbes ... Born on Sept. 11, 1990, in St. Ann, Jamaica ... Son of Joan and Hopeton Forbes ... Has an older brother, Damion Ricketts, who is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. ... Has two brothers, Valentine and Dujon, and one sister, Deaundra ... Lived in Kingston, Jamaica, before moving to Pittsburgh, Pa., at the age of 7 ... Was a member of the Technology Student Association at his high school for two years ... Majoring in sport administration with a concentration in sport leadership.