Americas name their team for the IAAF Continental Cup

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The Americas have named their squad for the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, with Bernard Lagat and Kaliese Spencer just two of the stand-out names.

The competition, which runs on the weekend of September 13-14, sees the Americas taking on Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific sides in the only continental event of the athletics programme.

The history

Europe pipped the Americas to the title last time out, claiming the title in Split in 2010 by 9.5 points. Lagat won both of his races that weekend, though, and the American will compete again in Morocco, this time only in the 3000 metres.

Alongside the 39-year-old there will be a number of world and Olympic champions including Spencer, LaShawn Merritt and Keshorn Walcott.

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The champions

Jamaican Spencer has been in dominant form this year, winning Commonwealth gold in Glasgow as well as the Diamond Points Race for the 400m hurdles.

Merritt is the reigning world 400m champion, while Walcott is the Olympic javelin champion from London 2012. Also competing is triple jumper Caterine Ibargüen. The Colombian is unbeaten in the event since August 2012, including at the World Championships in Moscow last year.

Despite losing out on the title last time out in Croatia, the Americas will enter this Cup as the red-hot favourites. With this squad, Europe and the rest will have their work cut out if they want to beat them.

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