BEIJING, China: Asafa Powell is in tremendous shape and is ready to contend for the gold medal. That is the message from his brother and coach, Donovan Powell, as the two-time World 100m bronze medallist arrived in Beijing, China, yesterday ahead of this weekend’s start of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics inside the Bird’s Nest. Donovan has been coaching his younger brother for over a year and has seen him post seven sub-10 seconds times this year, with a season best mark of 9.81 seconds, which makes him the second-fastest man behind American Justin Gatlin. It’s part of the reason behind a renewed sense of confidence around the former World 100m record holder and his handlers, with his coach believing that he’s in shape to take the top spot. “It’s been a great experience coaching him (Asafa). I’m just guiding him; it doesn’t seem to me that I’m coaching him. It feels like I’m just guiding him, and I’m trying to guide him in the right direction,” Donovan told The Gleaner. “He is in tremendous shape now, his weight is down and we are looking forward to the competition, to getting him through the rounds without problems.” The coach went on to state that though he does not necessarily think he would need to do a personal best in order to win a medal here, he is confident that Asafa will lower his all-time best 9.72 this year and quite possibly here in Beijing. “I’ve told him to just be confident, go out there and execute and run his own race,” said Donovan. “We are looking for a PB this year, and I see where we can get that done here. “He (Asafa) is just more confident now, and I think he is ready to go. He has a chance to win that gold, and if he does the right thing, then that can certainly make that happen,” added Donovan. “Furthermore, it’s not like a bunch of guys are running fast, I think 9.8 can get him on the podium, but I’m looking for a PB, personally,” he said. Powell’s personal best came in Lausanne in 2008.
0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (C) celebrates at the end of their match against Manchester United in Manchester, north west England, on December 10, 2017NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Pep Guardiola praised Manchester City’s resilience after the runaway Premier League leaders made it 18 successive wins with a 1-0 victory at Newcastle on Wednesday.Guardiola’s side moved 15 points clear of second placed Manchester United thanks to Raheem Sterling’s first half strike. City completely dominated possession after a Newcastle side seemingly intent solely on keeping the scoring down.That stubborn approach almost earned Newcastle an undeserved point when Dwight Gayle headed just wide in the final moments.City boss Guardiola ripped Newcastle’s defensive approach, but was impressed with the way his players kept plugging away.“We did absolutely everything but it is difficult to play when the other team doesn’t want to play,” he said.“We created enough chances to win 2-0, 3-0, 4-0. But in the last minutes we played in their rhythm and then it was not easy because it is not over at 1-0.“Always you have to expect this kind of situation and it is not always easy to maintain that level.“Any manager can decide what he wants. I prefer to try to play but I respect a lot what opponents do and we have to try to discover how to attack against them.”Sterling’s latest match-winning contribution underlined the England winger’s revival this season.“Raheem Sterling is scoring a lot and is playing good – so we are happy with that,” Guardiola said.“We are now 15 points in front and we can now focus on our next game (at Crystal Palace).”City look certain to lift the title, but midfielder Bernardo Silva isn’t getting carried away just yet.“We have to keep working the same way since the start of the season and that’s what we’ll be doing,” he said.“It isn’t won. We’re still in December. We have to play with the same spirit and hunger to win the games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)