Spencer, VCB triumph

Spencer, VCB triumph

Jamaicans help the Americas to 191 points at IAAF Inter-Continental Cup

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Jamaican intermediate hurdler Kaliese Spencer and sprinter Veronica Campbell Brown were winners yesterday as the two-day IAAF Inter-Continental Cup started in Marrakech, Morocco.

Spencer completed a historic 2014 season sweeping all major titles after winning the women's 400m hurdles, while Campbell Brown won the 100m as they helped the Americas team to be in second place on 191 points, trailing defending champions Europe on 222.5 points with Africa in third place on 164 points and Asia-Pacific next on 137 points.

There were also second place finishes for shot putter O'Dayne Richards and 400m runner Novlene Williams Mills, while triple jumper Kimberly Williams was fourth.

Campbell Brown was part of the America's women's 4x100m relay team that won in 42.44 seconds, along with Samantha Henry-Robinson, beating Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa, while Nesta Carter was part of the America's men's 4x100m team that won in 37.97 seconds.

On today's final day of competition Commonwealth Games champion Rasheed Dwyer will contest the 200m, male discus thrower Jason Morgan, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist will also make his first appearance at the event.

Three Jamaican women will also line up for the America's 4x400m team — Williams Mills, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Stephenie Ann McPherson and Christine Day, as well as American Francena McCorory.

Yesterday Spencer, who also won her fourth IAAF Diamond trophy in five years, ran a fast 53.81 seconds, the third fastest time in the world this year, to beat Europe's Eilidh Child in 54.42 seconds.

Campbell Brown sped to 11.08 seconds into a negative 1.5 metres per second wind, beating teammate Michell-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago in 11.25 seconds with Europe's European Championships double sprint gold medallist Dafne Schippers third in 11.26 seconds.

Williams Mills, who won her first Diamond trophy, ran 50.08 seconds for second behind teammate McCorory in 49.94 seconds as they totalled 15 points.

Richards, the Commonwealth Games champion and national record holder and who is also having his best ever season, led the shot put briefly with 21.10m before he was passed by Europe's David Storl, who won with 21.55m.

Williams had a best jump of 13.93m for fourth as her teammate Caterine Ibarguen won with 14.52m.

Also, the men's 100m was won by Great Britain's James Dasaolu in 10.03sec, ahead of America's Mike Rodgers and Qatari Femi Ogunode.

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