J'cans help Americas to Continental Cup win

September 10, 2018

A number of strong performances by Jamaican athletes helped Team Americas to its first win at the IAAF Continental Cup since 2010.

As they did on Saturday's opening day of competition in Ostrava, the Jamaicans certainly turned up in fine form, pushing the continental team to 262 points, with Europe taking second spot with 233. Asia-Pacific on 188 points and Africa 142, complete the points standings.

Janieve Russell continues to show her class this season, as she ran away with the 400m hurdles title in a time of 53.62, beating her America's team-mate Shamier Little from the USA, 53.86, with Europe's Anna Ryzhykova (Ukraine) taking third in a season best 54.47.

Commonwealth Games champion Ronald Levy, ran a season best 13.12, to return to form after a couple of below par runs in his last two assignments, finishing second in the 110m hurdles final behind Russian Sergey Shubenkov, 13.03, with another European, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, 13.31, taking third place.

Natoya Goule, 1:57.36, followed her Americas team-mate Ajee Wilson (USA), 1:57.16 to the line for third place in the women's 800m event, which was won by South African Caster Semenya in a time of 1:54.77.

Shericka Jackson, 22.62 missed out on a top three spot in the women's 200m, which was won by her team-mate Shaunae Miller-Uibo, 22.16, ahead of Europe's Dutch star Dafne Schippers, 22.28 and Africa's Marie-Josee Ta Lou (Ivory Coast), 22.61.

Danniel Thomas-Dodd's 16.96m was only good enough for sixth in the women's shot put, while Aisha Praught-Leer did not finish in the 3000m steeplechase event.

Yohan Blake pulled up early in the men's 100m event after suffering an injury.

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