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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.
All season long, until the final week in August, world champion Eunice Sum had been the dominant force among the planet’s pre-eminent female two-lap runners.
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?