Continental Cup: Ta Lou, Korir clinch Gold medals for #TeamAfrica
The much anticipted IAAF Continetal Cup got underway on Saturday, September 8th at the Mestky stadium in Ostrava, Czech Republic with four continents well represented, Team Africa gave a good account of themselves as Day One came to an end.
CIV’s Marie Ta Lou gifted Africa her first Gold medal as she defeated a strong field to win the Women’s 100m final in 11.14s ahead of Team Europe’s Dina Asher-Smith who clinched the Silver medal in 11.16s. Team Americas’ Pradini 3rd in 11.21s.
Salwa Eid Naser comfortobaly defeated the rest of field to win the women’s 400m with a time of 49.32s, as she inspired #TeamAfrica‘s Caster Semenya to set anew South African Record of 49.62s to finish 2nd, while Stephanie Ann-McPherson 3rd in 50.82s.
Korir Emmanuel and Nijel Amos made it a 1&3 for Team Africa in the men’s 800m. Korir took the vitory in 1″46.50s. Team Americas’ ClaytonMurphy finished in 2nd with 1:46.77s, same time as Bostwana’s Nijel Amos who was 3rd.
Team Africa’s Winny Chebet brings it home in 4:16.01 in the women’s 1500m! #TeamAmerica‘s Shelby Houlihan finisher 2nd in 4:16.36. While fellow African Rababe Arafi finished 3rd to help secure maximum points for #TeamAfrica.
Team Africa’s Senbere Teferi (8:32.49) and Hellen Obiri (8:36.20) raced to Silver and Bronze positions in the women’s 3000m. Team Europe’s Sifan Hassan won the race in a Championships Record of 8:27.50s,
Kipruto Conseslus secures another individual win for #TeamAfrica in the men’s 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:22.55. Sadly fellow African, Souffiane ElBakkali had to withdraw due to an injury he sustained.
Team Asia-Pacific’s Abderrahman Samba is a clear winner in men’s 400m Hurdles, winning with a Championships Record of 47.37s. Team Americas’ Annsert Whyte was 2nd in 48.46s & Team Europe’s Karsten Warholm 3rd in 48.56s
African Champion in the men’s Shot Put, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi finished just outside the medal podium in 4th after fouling his fourth attempt. Nigeria’s Chioma Onyekwere who threw a new Personal Best of 56.28m in the women;s Discus also finished in fourth for Team Africa.
African Long Jump champion Ruswahi Samaai had all his jumps over 8m with his best of 8.16m to secure the Gold for Africa.
Team Americas’ Deena Price saves her best for when it matters most as she threw a championship record of 75.46m to take the victory in the hammer. Team Europe’s Anita Wlodarczyk finished 2nd with 73.45m and Team Asia-Pacific 3rd with 67.39m. Nigeria’s Silver medalist at Asaba2018, Temidayo Ogunride finished 4th with 59.15m.
There was a mix-up between Tobi Amusan and Marie To Lou which led to #TeamAfrica missing out on the podium as they got disqualified.