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Africa announce team for 2014 IAAF Continental Cup

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The Confederation of African Athletics has announced it's team to compete at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, in September.

The Cup, which takes place every four years, will see Africa take on Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific continent, with a number of high-class athletes representing the hosts.

Star studded

Among them are Botswana's Nigel Amos, recently crowned Commonwealth 800 metres champion and Diamond Race winner, Blessing Okagbare and Asbel Kiprop.

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Okagbare dominated her events in Glasgow, doing the sprint double by winning gold in the 100m and 200m, as well as helping Nigeria to relay silver, and hopes will be high the 25-year-old can win here, too.

Kiprop is the current 1500m world champion and will be one of many middle to long-distance runners looking to help Africa to their first win in the Cup since the men won in the different formatted event in 2002.

New format

Then, the men's and women's events were scored separately, and individual nations were allowed to compete. Before the 2010 competition, though, the Cup was reduced to the four continental teams, and both gender's events were scored collectively.

That time, in Split, Croatia, Europe came out on top, scoring 429 points to the America's 419.5. Africa were some way back on 292 points with Asia-Pacific last on 286.5.

With the top-class athletes confirmed for Marrakech, though, Africa will be hoping they can improve on last time. The two-day event begins on September 13.

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