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Samba and Stevens cautiously optimistic as Ostrava appearances approach - IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018
By now we’ve learned not to doubt Abderrahman Samba, who has taken the world of one-lap hurdling by storm this year, and as the laid-back Qatari sits relaxing under the Czech sun, one day out from the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018, only a fool would question his intent.
It may not have been the perfect year for either of them, but Africa’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Julius Yego are hoping for an uplifting climax at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.
Olympic triple jump champions Caterine Ibarguen and Christian Taylor were introduced this afternoon as the athlete representatives for the Americas team at this weekend’s IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018, eager the reclaim the overall title they won in the 2010.
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A crowd of more than one hundred gathered to meet the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 team captains at the IAAF Heritage World / Continental Cup - 1977 To 2018 - Exhibition at the Forum Nova Karolina in the city centre.
Organisers are targetting the first-sub-2:20 run in the women's race at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, and IAAF Gold Label race, on 28 October.
Chemtai Rionotukei and Azmeraw Bekele will defend their titles at the Taiyuan Marathon, but they will face competitive fields at the IAAF Silver Label road race on Saturday (8).
The top three men from last year’s Birell Prague Grand Prix will return to the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Saturday (8) while Fancy Chemutai, last year’s runner-up, headlines the women’s contest.
The team captains for the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 arrived in the eastern Czech city yesterday ready and eager to continue in their promotional roles ahead of this weekend's competition.
In only his second full season of 400m hurdling, Qatari sensation Abderrahaman Samba has dominated on the Diamond League circuit and posted the second fastest time in history with an awe-inspiring 46.98 in Paris. The tall and athletic 22-year-old athlete speaks to the IAAF about his passion for the discipline.
Britain’s 2016 world indoor bronze medallist Lorraine Ugen talks about the high of joining the exclusive seven-metre club and the pain of missing out on qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games by one centimetre.
Much of the spotlight in the 100m will fall on Noah Lyles, the young 200m standout who has also begun to carve out a name for himself in the shorter dash during his first serious season of 100m racing.
A hugely competitive women’s 100m event features the two athletes who currently share the fastest time run this season, 10.85 – Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.
Europe will be expecting maximum points to be delivered here by Turkey’s world and European champion Ramil Guliyev, although he will need to maintain all the sharpness he showed at the European Championships and at last week’s IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich to hold off the challenge of the Americas, in the form of the hugely experienced Alonso Edward, and Alex Quinonez.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo will start as the favourite in her second event, putting her unbeaten 2018 season record on the line.
This is one of the most open events of the IAAF Continental Cup, given the presence in each team of at least one proven top-level performer.
World silver medallist Salwa Eid Naser has been in great form all season. The 20-year old from Qatar bettered 50 seconds six times, peaking with an Asian record of 49.08 in Monaco.
If Africa doesn’t win the men’s 800m there will be some serious questions asked.
Caster Semenya has been the dominant force on the circuit again this year, extending her victory streak to 28, dating back almost three years.
Once again it appears a major men’s 1500m race will boil down to a clash between two family dynasties: the Manangois of Kenya and the Ingebrigtsens of Norway.