A baton blunder by the European team in the 4x100m proved costly as the Americas sit top of the overall standings after day one of the IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup in Split.

Europe and the Americas slugged it out like two prize fighters throughout the day but the Americas – who won eight of the day’s 20 events – hold a narrow nine-point lead over Europe overnight. Africa sit third on 148 points with Asia-Pacific fourth on 134.

But how decisive could that 4x100m prove? Many would have thought the Americas team with their composite team of differing nationalities might have struggled with their exchanges but they were rock solid. The team of Daniel Bailey, Wallace Spearmon, Tyson Gay and Churandy Martina cruised home to win in 38.25.

If you prefer your more familiar faces to triumph, well we had our fair share.
Bernard Lagat completed the first half of what he hopes will be a double for the Americas team with victory in the 5000m. In a messy, tactical race he unleashed his trademark finishing kick to edge Moses Kipsiro (AFR) and win again. He’ll be back tomorrow in an effort to add the 3000m….Read More At IAAF

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