‘I am in the medal mix’ – Powell backs himself for 100m glory

first_img Still, he does have two World Championships bronze medals to his name and he does carry a greater sense of calmness and confidence about him these days, but despite the cold shoulder he’s receiving from the pundits, Powell remains convinced that this may be his shot and actually welcomes the fact that most eyes are focused elsewhere. It’s a shame really. Powell arrived in Beijing as the second fastest man on the planet with his 9.81 seconds season’s best bettered only by Gatlin and having posted seven sub-10 seconds times. “It’s a good feeling to be back, we have a lot of great memories here in Beijing. At the 2008 Olympics the Jamaican team came here and dominated and we left our signature here in Beijing so it’s good to be back, I think everyone remembers that and they are coming out to see the Jamaican team again,” Powell added. “I don’t mind, let them focus on whoever they want to focus on and leave me out of it, let me do what I am supposed to do. Everyone has their own opinion and beliefs. I believe in myself and I am going out there to show them that I am there,” Powell told The Gleaner yesterday during an interview at the Nuo Hotel in Beijing. BEIJING, China: With all the talk about a Usain Bolt/Justin Gatlin clash in the 100 metres heading into the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, one can be excused for forgetting that another Jamaican speedster Asafa Powell is also in the medal mix. “I’m in gold medal shape, I am one to contend with and I am going out there to give everything I have and I will definitely run fast here,” added Powell, whose camouflage pants matched his militant attitude.  “I know that they are in the race with me but I try to focus on my own thing there’s nothing you can do to avoid competing with these guys so it doesn’t make sense to make them be your problem. My problem is to execute my race and run like I’m supposed to,” Powell continued. Under normal circumstances, it would be criminal to write off a man with such an impressive record and a history of high – level performances. The thing is, Powell will not easily shake his reputation of being an athlete that more often than not fails to deliver when it really matters – at major international championships. “Come Sunday when we cross the finish line (after men’s 100m final), I want to be the one in front, that would be the most satisfying thing for me because over the years I have been running and I’ve not been able to get that individual gold medal yet so that’s really my aim,” said Powell, who added that he isn’t too worried about Gatlin’s form or Bolt’s ability, noting that his focus is to execute his own race.   The heats of the men’s 100m get started at 6:20 a.m. Jamaica time on Saturday.last_img read more

FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP

first_imgA fisherman was rescued off the coast of Donegal this afternoon after a farmer heard his cry for help a half a mile out to sea.John Grant was tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay on the coast of the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Grant suddenly heard a cry for help and noticed a spec in the distance and realised it was a person hanging onto a buoy. Mr Grant contacted his mother and she alerted Malin Head Coastguard at around 1.50pm.They alerted the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat.The rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo was also scrambled to the scene as was the Greencastle Coast Guard boat, which was later stood down.Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were calm but it was raining heavily. When the Lough Swilly lifeboat arrived on scene, a local boat had already picked up the man.The man, a local lobster fisherman in his 40s, was wrapped in blankets and given attention.A medic from the 118 helicopter was dropped at the scene and a decision was made to take the man to the shore near Clonmany by boat.Once on shore the helicopter flew the man to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he is understood to be in a stable condition.A spokesman for the Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat praised the actions of Mr Grant saying his actions sparked a very successful rescue. “It was simply amazing how John heard the man’s cry for help so far out to sea but thankfully he did.“The phonecall by Mr Grant’s mother set into action a chain of events which undoubtedly saved this man’s life,” he said.FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clonmanyfarmerfishermanhelicopterInishowenLough Swilly LIfeboatlast_img read more