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World leader Francena McCorory and Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills lived up to expectations as they notched up maximum points for Americas, finishing first and second respectively ahead of Europe’s Italian representative Libania Grenot.
As expected, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia took top honours in the triple jump, the first woman to ever take the World Cup or Continental Cup triple jump title for the Americas.
Isiah Koech, still only 20, added his name to an illustrious list of 5000m champions at the IAAF World and Continental Cup, none more so than Morocco’s own hero Said Aouita, who won this event at the World Cup in 1989.
Kaliese Spencer rounded off her near-perfect season with a peerless performance in the 400m hurdles, adding an IAAF Continental Cup title to the Commonwealth Games gold medal she won earlier this summer.
With a powerful closing charge over the final 25 metres, South Africa's Cornel Fredericks turned in an impressive victory in the 400m hurdles to give Africa its first victory of the day in the first track event of the competition.
It was billed as a battle of the Europeans, and Hungary’s Olympic champion Krisztian Pars duly delivered top points for Europe. But Egypt’s Mostafa El Gamel upset the odds by taking second ahead of Polish record-holder Pawel Fajdek who couldn’t get close to his world lead.
The Americas team were presented with the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup at the spectacular welcome dinner for this year’s event in Marrakech, Morocco, on Friday night (12).
Asia and Oceania area association presidents pledge even closer cooperation during IAAF Continental Cup welcome
During a welcome for the Asia-Pacific team competing at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014, Asia area association president Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad and Oceania area association president Geoff Gardner reiterated on Friday (12) their desire to continue to work closely together.
IAAF President Lamine Diack hailed the organisers of the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 ahead of the start of the two-day competition on Saturday but also said that he had a note of regret at the traditional pre-event press conference on Friday (12).
By any measure, Renaud Lavillenie has had an incredible season, losing just once in 23 contests, completing a hat-trick of European Championship golds, and adding a fifth consecutive Diamond Race victory to the iconic pole vault world record he broke during the indoor season, way back in February.
Scanning down the list of winners of the men’s 800m in the combined 37-year history of the IAAF Continental Cup and its predecessor, the IAAF World Cup, one name is conspicuously absent.
Ignisious Gaisah may have been a late replacement for world leader Greg Rutherford, but who needs the Olympic and European champion when you have a flying Dutchman?
Many of the athletes who competed in last weekend’s Prague Grand Prix 10km will stay in the Czech Republic for the Mattoni Half Marathon in Usti nad Labem on Sunday (14) to compete against the fourth-fastest half-marathon runner in history at the IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
As expected, Renaud Lavillenie was the easy winner in the men’s pole vault, earning maximum points for Team Europe.
With a field boasting four of the five men who have cleared 2.40m or better this season, the men’s high jump is one of the most anticipated competitions at this weekend’s IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech.
With just two days to go before the start of the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014, which takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday (13-14), brief previews for all 40 events have been published.
The IAAF is saddened to hear of the death of Yoshinori Sakai, who lit the flame at the 1964 Olympic Games when he was 19. He died of a brain haemorrhage at a Tokyo hospital early Wednesday morning (10) at the age of 69.
Haile Gebrselassie is to defend his title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on Sunday 5 October, organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Thursday (11).
For the second year in succession, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk won the women’s IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, while Krisztian Pars beat last year’s winner Pawel Fajdek in the men’s contest.
Kenyan runners have dominated the men’s race of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon for more than a decade as the past 12 champions of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race have all come from Kenya.