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.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Weber State 73, Portland State 68: The schools combined to set an NCAA all-division record for most points in a game. The previous record for most points by two teams was 136, set in 1968 when North Park beat North Central, 104-32, in a Division III game. The Division I record was 133, set in 2004 when San Jose State beat Rice, 70-63. Back in 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland, 222-0, but that was before the NCAA kept track of records. Weber State’s Cameron Higgins passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Trevyn Smith ran for 225 yards for the Wildcats (3-5, 3-3 Big Sky Conference). PSU is 2-6, 2-3. Iowa 34, Michigan State 27: Third-string running back Jevon Pugh scored on a 1-yard run in double overtime, lifting host Iowa. Albert Young had 179 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Iowa (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten). Michigan State is 5-4, 1-4. Colorado 31, Texas Tech, 26: Cody Hawkins threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns and Colorado (5-4, 3-2 Big 12) intercepted Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score in Lubbock, Texas. Terrence Wheatley made three of the interceptions, two on back-to-back Tech series in the fourth with Colorado up, 31-19. Wisconsin 33, Indiana 3: Backup Lance Smith ran for two touchdowns after P.J. Hill left with a “lower leg” injury, helping Wisconsin (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) extend its home winning streak to 13 games. Indiana is 5-4, 2-4. Wake Forest 37, North Carolina 10: Kevin Maion returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD, Josh Adams rushed for two scores and host Wake Forest (6-2, 4-1 ACC) routed North Carolina (2-6, 1-3). From news services Former Leuzinger High star Jaycen Taylor ran for a career-high of 157 yards and two scores to lead host Purdue past Northwestern, 35-17, Saturday. Taylor, in his second game back after missing four weeks with a broken left arm, gained 114 yards on 15 carries in the second half. Purdue is 7-2, 3-2 in the Big Ten. Northwestern is 5-4 and 2-3. Louisville 24, Pittsburgh 17: Brian Brohm threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and Louisville (5-4, 2-2 Big East) used a late goal-line stand to escape visiting Pittsburgh (3-5, 1-2). Brock Bolen added 52 yards rushing and the go-ahead touchdown with 1:54 left. Clemson 30, Maryland 17: James Davis backed up his guarantee of a victory, running for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tigers (6-2, 3-2 ACC) past mistake-prone Maryland (4-4, 1-3) in College Park, Md. Kansas State 51, Baylor 13: Josh Freeman threw touchdown passes on three straight possessions to open the second half, and receiver Jordy Nelson broke a school record with his 76th career reception for the host Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 Big 12). Baylor is 3-6, 0-5. Illinois 28, Ball State 17: Illinois (6-3) secured bowl eligibility for the first time since 2002, coming from behind to beat Ball State (5-4) behind 189 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Rashard Mendenhall in Champaign, Ill. Arkansas 58, Florida International 10: Darren McFadden scored on four short runs, and Arkansas (5-3) enjoyed seven turnovers by FIU (0-8) in Fayetteville, Ark. The Golden Panthers lost their 20th straight game. Florida State 25, Duke 6: Preston Parker caught a touchdown pass and scored on an end around to help boost host Florida State (5-3, 2-3) and hand the Blue Devils (1-7, 0-5) their 22nd straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss. Tulsa 29, SMU 23: Charles Clay caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Paul Smith with 43 seconds left to lift host Tulsa. Trailing, 23-21, Tulsa (5-3, 3-2 C-USA) stopped SMU (1-7, 0-4) on fourth-and-goal at the Tulsa 1 with 1:56 left. The Golden Hurricane went 99 yards in nine plays to score the winning TD. Delaware 59, Navy 52: Joe Flacco threw four touchdown passes and Omar Cuff rushed for four scores to lead Delaware in Annapolis, Md. The Blue Hens (7-1), one of the top teams in the Championship Subdivision, rolled to 581 yards against the Division I Midshipmen (4-4). Vanderbilt 24, Miami-Ohio 13: Vanderbilt’s Earl Bennett became the leading receiver in SEC history, making eight catches to lift the Commodores (4-4) in Nashville. The junior has 215 catches, breaking Craig Yeast’s mark of 208. The RedHawks are 4-5. Memphis 28, Tulane 27: Duke Calhoun caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Martin Hankins with 36 seconds remaining in New Orleans. The Tigers (4-4, 3-1 C-USA) rallied to win despite Green Wave running back Matt Forte having his fourth consecutive 200-yard rushing game. He carried a school-record 44 times for 278 yards and two TDs. East Carolina 41, UAB 6: Pat Pinkney passed for two third-quarter touchdowns and East Carolina (5-4, 4-1) continued its quest for a berth in the Conference USA title game with a win over visiting UAB (2-6, 1-3). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!