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Team Americas took a decisive victory in the women's 4x100m, the penultimate event of the first day of action at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.
Emmanuel Korir of Kenya lived up to his billing as favourite in the men’s 800m as he and his Team Africa team-mate, Nijel Amos of Botswana, ensured overall victory in finishing first and third respectively.
The revised format of the discus competition at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 always had the potential to throw up a surprise and that’s exactly how it turned out in Saturday afternoon’s competition, with Yaime Perez of Team Americas upsetting Sandra Perkovic of Europe to take victory.
Darlan Romani of Brazil caused somewhat of an upset to take the victory in the shot put on the first day of the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava with a best throw of 21.89m.
A Championship record of 8:27.58 in the women’s 3000 by Sifan Hassan helped Team Europe to share the overall points with Team Africa in an event where the latter had played their women’s joker for the day.
African champion Ruswahl Samaai was the well-deserved winner of the men's long jump competition at the IAAF Continental Cup. The South African came out on top at the preliminary, semifinal and final stages and had the four longest jumps of the day, with a best of 8.16m.
There was no surprise in the men's 400m hurdles race, as the year's dominant man Abderrahman Samba of Qatar took a clear win, his ninth of the season in as many races. His time of 47.37 not only beat the closest contender by over a second, it also equalled the World/ Continental Cup record set by Edwin Moses in Rome 37 years ago.
World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto won maximum points for Team Africa.
In what was by far the strongest women’s pole vault ever witnessed at the IAAF Continental Cup – and indeed the closest – Europe’s Anzhelika Sidorova claimed victory on countback from teammate Katerina Stefanidi and Sandi Morris of Team Americas.
Bringing the curtain down on his season in fine style, Fedrick Dacres of Team Americas sealed victory with a performance that combined precision timing, superb strength and peerless power.
Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain was the expected winner for team Asia-Pacific in the women's 400m. The World Championships silver medallist, still only 20 years old, reached home in 49.32 to break the stadium record of 49.67, set by Tatana Kocembova way back in 1983.
The Kenyan Winny Chebet emerged as the winner in the women's 1500m at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 after leading for most of the race. The African champion thus became only the second African winner of this event in the World/ Continental Cup history after Hassiba Boulmerka in 1994.
It’s been a long, hard season for Marie Josee Ta Lou, but the Ivorian sprinter was bouncing up and down with excitement after beating a stellar field to secure maximum points for Team Africa in the women’s 100m – and become the first woman from her continent to win this event since the competition was first held in 1977 under the name of the IAAF World Cup.
Caterine Ibarguen, the Rio 2016 triple jump champion from Colombia, faced down her competitive nemesis, Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan, to win for Team Americas and ensure that their gamble on playing their women’s joker for the day on this event paid off.
Alonso Edward earned maximum points for Team Americas in the first men’s track event, the 200m, as he moved past Turkey’s world and European champion Ramil Guliyev in the closing 50m to finish in 20.19.
As expected there was a 1-2 finish for Team Americas in the women's 100m hurdles, but it was Jamaican Danielle Williams who scored an upset victory, just edging world record holder Kendra Harrison in 12.49.
In a tight men's high jump competition, Bahamian Donald Thomas beat Brandon Starc on countback at 2.30m.
DeAnna Price handed Anita Wlodarczyk a rare defeat in the women's hammer throw, the first event contested under the new rules introduced at this year's edition of the IAAF Continental Cup.
Volha Mazuronak and Hillary Maiyo, the course record-holders of the Minsk Half Marathon, will return to the Belarusian capital on Sunday (9) in the hopes of winning their third titles at the IAAF Bronze Label road race.
Lavillenie and Stefanidi ready to supercharge Team Europe’s vaulting ambition - IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018
Amid a swirl of dry ice trackside – which swiftly dissipated in the glaring heat of Ostrava’s Mestsky Stadium – Team Europe’s two team representatives for this weekend’s IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 were revealed as pole vaulters Renaud Lavillenie and Katerina Stefanidi.