Various innovations and changes in format resulted in two entertaining days of action at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018, but ultimately the teams from Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific could not compete with the might of the Americas as they won 18 of the 37 events on their way to lifting the trophy on Sunday (9).
Having held a slight lead at the end of the first day, the Americas extended their advantage on day two and eventually won with 262 points. Defending champions Europe finished second with 233 points with Asia-Pacific taking third place (188) ahead of Africa (142).
“I’m really proud of all the athletes,” said Americas team captain Mike Powell, the long jump world record-holder. “When I looked at the entries, we had a stacked team.
“Winning the first track race, the 100m hurdles, created a lot of momentum for the team,” he added. “And for me. At first I was kind of watching it, but then I was counting every point, getting really into it.” IAAF
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