Photo: Americas women's sprint relay team (Getty Images)
Jamaican athletes who represented themselves under the banner of team Americas, contributed a total of 47 points in their team's second place finish at 2nd edition of the newly branded, IAAF Intercontinental Cup in Marrakech ( Le Grande stade), Morocco from September 13-14 2014.
Female team Captain, Veronica Campbell- Brown, led from the front, when she won the 100m crown in 11.08, giving her team maximum points. She lead home an Americas quinella, with T&T sprinter Michelle Ayhee in second (11.25) ahead of Europe’s Daffene Schippers ( 11.26s).
Kalisese Spencer also contributed maximum points, winning the 400m hurdles title in a time of 53.81, ahead of season's arch rival Europe’s Eilidh Child. In the women’s 400 metre it was a 1-2 finish for team Americas, with USA’s Francena McCorory 49.94s leading home Jamaica’s Novlene Williams- Mills, 50.08.
Triple Jumper Kimberly Williams ( 13.93m), finished in fourth spot behind world leader and team mate Columbia’s Cater Ibarguen who won with a leap of 14.52m.
Men's 200m representative Rasheed Dwyer ran a personal best of 19.98s, same time as event winner and fellow teammate Alonso Edward, with the latter being credited with the win.
Field event athletes shot putter Odane Richards 21.10m and Dicuss thrower Jason Morgan 62.70m also gave good account of themselves copping top three placings in their respective events.
The 4x100m female relay squad of Campbell- Brown, Samantha Henry-Robbinson, Ayhee and Tiana Bartolleta ran 42.44s for the top spot. The male team comprising of Mike Rodgers, Nesta Carter, Richard Thompson and veteran Kim Collins ran a personal best time of 37.94s to claim maximum points.
For the fourth time in a row, the Americas women won the 4x400m. With individual 400m winner McCorory, Christine Day, Stephanie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills on anchor, won in a world-leading mark and African all-comers’ record of 3:20.93. Europe finished more than three seconds behind in 3:24.12, with Africa taking third.
Europe sealed the title with a grand total of 444.5 points, ahead of the Americas 390 points with Africa 339 and Asia- Pacific 257.5 securing the minor spots.