Damar Forbes was born on September 11, 1990 in St. Ann, Jamaica. He attended Martin Luther King Jr. HS in Decatur, GA. In his junior year of high school, Damar won the long jump title at the 2008 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Omaha. He graduated in 2009 as the nation’s No. 2-ranked long jumper in the indoor season. His personal bests in high school included: 24-8 ¼ in the long jump, and 48-1 ¼ in triple jump. Coming out of high school in 2009, Forbes was one of the top jumps prospect in the United States.
Forbes attended LSU for college, where he majored in Sport Administration with a concentration in Sport Leadership. Damar left his legacy at LSU by being named 6-time All-American, 2-time SEC Champion, and 6-time All-SEC. He also was an NCAA Champion and won the 2013 SEC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award. He graduated LSU in May 2013 with a degree in Sports Administration, and as one of the top-ranked and most decorated long jumpers in program history.
In 2012, Forbes competed in the long jump in the London Olympics. In 2013, he recorded an 8.25m outdoor long jump in Jamaica, and an 8.21m indoor long jump in Arizona. To finish 2013, Forbes competed at the World Championships in Moscow and finished 8th overall.
A few of Forbes’s other accomplishments include: 2012 USTFCCCA South Central Region Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, silver medalist in the 2011 Central American & Caribbean Games and SEC Outdoor Champion in the long jump in 2013. He is currently ranked 8th in the world for men’s long jump.
2012 Olympian, NCAA Champion, 6-time All-American, 2-time SEC Champion, 6 time All SEC, 2013 SEC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the YearDamar's website »