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Will Claye went into the competition with IAAF Continental Cup points already on the board, having finished second to Ignisous Gaisah in the long jump on Saturday. The world bronze medallist also started as favourite in this discipline, as the only man in the field to have ventured beyond 17.50m this year.
Anita Wlodarczyk kept the women’s hammer title firmly in Europe’s hands after her dominant victory that kicked off the field event action on day two at Le Grand Stade in Marrakech.
World leader and Diamond Race winner Jairus Birech finished off his stellar steeplechase season with another victory in the stadium where he won at the African Championships last month, clocking 8:13.18 to finish ahead of USA’s Evan Jager.
US record-holder Emma Coburn beat her arch rival, world leader Hiwot Ayalew, to take eight points for Americas in the first track event of day two, avenging her defeat from two months ago when the two met at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Glasgow.
Uganda may have dominated the medal table but the star of the show at the the 30th edition of the World Mountain Running Championships was Austria’s Andrea Mayr who became the first runner to clinch five world titles in the discipline when she won in Casette di Massa, Italy, on Sunday (14).
Running on slippery streets in strong rain at the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon, Ethiopia’s Adugna Takele and Kenya’s Correti Jepkoech took top honours at the IAAF Silver Label Road Race on Sunday (14).
At the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham three weeks ago, Ayanleh Souleiman was denied a place on the distinguished roll of honour in the Emsley Carr Mile by the fast-finishing Asbel Kiprop.
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?
After setting a pair of scintillating world indoor records earlier in the year, much was expected of Genzebe Dibaba outdoors in 2014. With mixed results over the course of the summer, the 23-year-old didn’t quite live up to those lofty expectations which will likely make her confident runaway victory in the 3000m here a personal highlight of her outdoor season.
It took her three rounds to come to life, but when she did Barbora Spotakova showed her class to take the expected eight points for Europe in an event that’s only twice been won by non-Europeans.
For just over three quarters of the women’s sprint relay, it was a neck-and-neck affair between the Americas team and the all-British Europe quartet.
The Americas were the men’s sprint relay quartet to beat and they illustrated as much with their solid performance to cap the day one action at Marrakech’ Grand Stade.
At 24, Sandra Perkovic has already won world, Olympic and European titles. First place in the IAAF Continental Cup, however, continues to elude the Croatian who has otherwise taken a global stranglehold on her event over the past three years.
Veronica Campbell-Brown took a convincing victory in the women’s 100m to lead Team Americas to a second successive IAAF Continental Cup one-two finish.
James Dasaolu won the closest ever men’s 100m at an IAAF Continental or World Cup to become the first British winner of this event since Linford Christie completed his World Cup hat-trick in 1994.
The men’s high jump had been billed as one of the focal points of this weekend in Marrakech and it certainly proved to be the top field event on Saturday.
Two-time world champion David Storl took a dominant victory in the men’s shot put to collect maximum points for Europe.
Europe lead overnight as hosts Africa have brief moments in spotlight at IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014
Although they were never expected to be in the hunt for overall victory at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014, being the host nation certainly didn’t harm Africa as they got off to a good start on the first day of action in Marrakech on Saturday (13).
Since the start of June, LaShawn Merritt has lost just once in nine races and that reverse came in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, when the US athlete finished second to the London 2012 Olympic Games champion Kirani James.
This was Fabiana Murer’s third attempt to land the top prize at the IAAF Continental Cup or World Cup.