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Europe win the IAAF Continental Cup

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Team Europe have won the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech after comfortably finishing ahead of defending champions the Americas.

Europe, who had a healthy lead in the points standings after day one of competition, largely thanks to wins from Brit James Dasaolu, high-jumper Bohdan Bondarenko and Barbora Spotakova, extended that gap on day two, to take the title with a score of 447.5.

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Victory for Schippers

There were a number of victories for the team on the final day, too, with Dutch athlete Dafne Schippers among them.

Schippers, the recently crowned European champion over the 100m and 200m, eased to victory in the longer discipline in a time of 22.28 seconds to claim the full eight points for Europe. 

Dasaolu's win was perhaps more impressive, beating America's team member Mike Rodgers in the 100m with a time of 10.04s. 

After a very good start, the Brit was beginning to get caught in the last 10m but managed to just hold on for the win with Rodgers second and Asia-Pacific’s Femi Ogunode, third.

Men's high jump

The men's high jump has been arguably the stand-out event of the year, and with the three top performers currently in the world competing at the Cup, it promised to be so yet again.

At the final Diamond League meet of the year, Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim claimed the victory to take the overall Diamond Race away from Bondarenko. This time, however, the Ukrainian exacted some revenge for his defeat, taking the full eight points for Europe with a 2.37m clearance. Barshim could only manage third, with Ivan Ukhov finishing second.

Spotakova, the two-time Olympic champion, won the javelin with an African all-comers' record of 65.52m, as she also claimed maximum points for Europe.

Success for the Americas

There were some successes for the Americas, though, with Dawn Harper-Nelson also breaking the all-comer's record in the 100m hurdles.

The Diamond Race winner clocked 12.47s to take maximum points ahead of Europe's Tiffany Porter, who herself set a new British national record of 12.51s.

Other winners for the 2010 champions included 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, 100m Diamond Race winner Veronica Campbell-Brown, as well as Alonso Edward in the men's 200m.

None of the athletes could prevent Europe from taking the title, though, as their score - the highest since the competition's revamp in 2010, saw them beat the Americas (390) by 57.5 points.

Africa finished third on 339 points, with Asia-Pacific last with 257.5 points.

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