IAAF Continental Cup Review

Ische Senekal in action at the IAAF Continental Cup. Photo by Getty Images

 

The 2018 global track and field season ended off in fine style at the International of Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Continental Cup, in Ostrava, in Czech Republic.

The IAAF Continental Cup which featured squads from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe was won by the America’s won reclaimed their title from Europe that they won back in 2010.

Middle distance specialist Caster Semenya was on fire, taking gold in the women’s 800m event by clocking 1:54.77 seconds which was her 29th consecutive win in the two-lap event. Semenya also ran a new South African record of 49.62 seconds in the women’s 400m sprints to finish second behind Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser

Also bagging gold was Ruswahl Samaai who leaped his way to 8.16m in the men’s long jump event. Samaai could not asked for a better way to end off his track and field season after he was crowned Champion at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) African Senior Championships and now the IAAF Continental Cup.

The SA 100m record holder Akani Simbine took third place in the men’s 100m sprints clocking 10.11 seconds behind China’s Bingtian Su and winner Noah Lyles from the USA. Simbine can walk away with a number of positives this season that includes being 100m champion at the Commonwealth Games and CAA African Senior Championships.

In other action, SA had four athletes who finished in fourth place at the IAAF Continental Cup which saw them miss out on a gaining a medal. They include: Antiono Alkana (110m hurdles), Victor Hogan(discuss), Ischke Senekal (shot-put), and Zinzi Chabangu (triple jump).

Alkana from Western Province Athletics would have been impressed with the way he ended off his season by clocking 13.36 seconds in the men’s 110m hurdles to finished just outside the medal standings. This was the sixth-time Alkana from Bellville Athletics Club in Cape Town ran sub 13.40 seconds this season.

Hogan, a three time African discuss champion could only manage fourth place with a heave of 63.49m which was his third best performance of the 2018 track and field season. This was the third-time Hogan took part at the IAAF Continental World Cup with this being his best finish.

Eastern Province Athletics Senekal could not repeat her performance in the shot-put event that saw her win gold at the CAA African Senior Championships, in Nigeria, last month. Senekal best finish of 17.10m was only good enough for fourth place.

Central Gauteng Athletic’s Chabangu continued her rise in the women’s triple jump event by jumping 12.89m to take fourth place. Despite not making it onto the podium, Chabangu can walk home with a smile on her face after gaining valuable experience at her first senior international competition.

 

Written by Keagan Mitchell