2014 Continental Cup Day 1: Souleiman Runs 50.09 Final Lap to Win 1500m over Kiprop, Eunice Sum and Ajee Wilson Entertain Again

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by: LetsRun.com
September 13, 2014

The two-day 2014 Continental Cup with $2.9 million in prize money ($30,000 for first in every event) got underway before a sparse crowd in Marrakech, Morocco.

The competition features two runners from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa and is the end of the 2014 international track calendar.

The men’s 1500 and women’s 800 had great match-ups.

Video highlights of Day 1 here.

Men’s 1500: Souleiman Runs Third Fastest Final 400 Ever (50.09) To Take Down Kiprop

This one did not disappoint.

Souleiman And Kiprop on the Homestretch

Souleiman And Kiprop on the Homestretch

Ayanleh Souleiman and Asbel Kiprop battled side by side for most of the final lap with Souleiman running a scorching 50.09 final lap to get the win in 3:48.91 as Kiprop had to settle for second in 3:49.10.

The Continental Cup (formerly World Cup) does not have rabbits and is the last race of the season. That often means slow opening splits with a crazy last lap. That’s what we got today.

The field went out in a slow 65.95. Things got slower the next lap as they ran 69.93 and hit 800 in 2:15.88.

It was soon about to be all about positioning and who had what on the final lap.

Approaching the bell, Asbel Kiprop was content to be in last in the field of eight. Not a good place to be in a slow race. He correctly decided he needed to be up front and made a strong dash to get outside of the leader at the bell.

The final 400 was a battle between Souleiman and Kiprop. The entire field was not out of contention until the final 100m, but Kiprop and Souleiman were battling for the lead the entire final lap. Around the final bend Souleiman had lane 1 with Kiprop on his outside.  Kiprop tried to go by Souleiman the last 100m, but could not do it as Souleiman opened up a slight lead. Finally, Kiprop waved the white flag and looked over his shoulder. It was over as Souleiman was your winner in 3:48.91 with Kiprop .19 back. Mahiediene Mekhissi Benabbad, the European 1500m champ, was a respectable third.

Quick Thought #1: One of the Fastest Final 400s Ever: Souleiman’s final lap is likely the third fastest final 400m ever in a 1500m race. Message board posters point to José Luis González running 49.67 to win the European Cup in 1987 (some dispute the 49.67). At the 2006 World Cup Alex Kipchirchir ran 49.7 to win the 1500 in 3:52.60.

Quick Thought #2: Would Kiprp have won had he not had to make such a big move at 450? We’ll never know. But if a race is very slow at 800, you need to move up then if you want to win.

2015 should be a great one at 1500. Souleiman, Kiprop, Kiplagat, Makhloufi. Four great 1500m runners, all running very well. Interview with Souleiman and Kiprop after the race below.

 Threads: *Men’s 1500 @ Continental Cup Souleiman 50.09! Final Lap, 36.8 Final 300 over Kiprop 
*What’s the fast final 400 in a track race 800 and up?
*Has anyone, in any race 800+, ever run a lap other than lap 1 in under 50.0?

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 562 Ayanleh SOULEIMAN Africa DJIDJI 3:48.91 8
Details 2 601 Asbel KIPROP Africa KENKEN 3:49.10 7
Details 3 586 Mahiedine MEKHISSI-BENABBAD Europe FRAFRA 3:49.53 6
Details 4 614 Henrik INGEBRIGTSEN Europe NORNOR 3:49.76 5
Details 5 545 Benson Kiplagat SEUREI Asia-Pacific BRNBRN 3:49.91 4
Details 6 618 Nicholas WILLIS Asia-Pacific NZLNZL 3:50.00 3
Details 7 660 Leonel MANZANO Americas USAUSA 3:50.35 2
Details 8 548 Charles PHILIBERT-THIBOUTOT Americas CANCAN 3:51.97 1

SPLIT TIMES

Splits: 400M 1:05.95 Henrik INGEBRIGTSEN
800M 2:15.88 Henrik INGEBRIGTSEN
1100 Souleiman 2:58.83
1200M 3:12.12 Ayanleh SOULEIMAN

Women’s 800: World #1 Eunice Sum Tops World #2 Ajee Wilson

Eunice Sum, the reigning World Champion, ended 2014 as she began it, with a win. This was a two way battle between the two best 800m runners in the world in 2014, Sum and American Ajee Wilson. Sum sprinted by Wilson with roughly 70 meters to go and got the win in 1:58.21, Sum’s second fastest 800 of 2014, as Wilson coasted in in second in 2:00.07. They were clearly the two best in this one.

Sum and Wilson can give credit for the fast race to India’s Tintu Lukka who took it out in 27 and 57.9. On the backstretch, Sum and Wilson took over and battled for the lead. Wilson led onto the homestretch and then when Sum made her move for the win it was all over.

Eunce Sum Celebrates Her Win

Eunice Sum Celebrates Her Win

Quick Take: Great Year for Sum

Sum won eleven 800s this year and lost three and won the African and Commonwealth Champs. However, she had lost her last two races (Diamond League finale in Brussels to Brenda Martinez and the 800 in Birmingham), but bounced back nicely with her second fastest time of the year. A nice end to a great and lucrative season.

Nice End to a Great Season for Ajee Wilson as Well

The American’s future is very very bright. Wilson ends 2014 as the US Champion, the world leader (1:57.67), and with her first two Diamond League wins, the first in Monaco which stopped the undefeated season of Eunice Sum. The other thing Wilson had this year was her 20th birthday.

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 212 Eunice Jepkoech SUM Africa KENKEN 1:58.21 8
Details 2 256 Ajee WILSON Americas USAUSA 2:00.07 7
Details 3 142 Marina ARZAMASOVA Europe BLRBLR 2:00.31 6
Details 4 174 Tigist ASSEFA Africa ETHETH 2:00.57 5
Details 5 196 Lynsey SHARP Europe GBRGBR 2:00.80 4
Details 6 169 Sahily DIAGO Americas CUBCUB 2:00.96 3
Details 7 227 Angela SMIT Asia-Pacific NZLNZL 2:02.37 2
Details 8 203 Tintu LUKKA Asia-Pacific INDIND 2:03.13 1

SPLIT TIMES

Women’s 3000m: Dibaba Shows Her Speed

Genzebe Dibaba showed her tremendous speed as she got the $30,000 win in 8:57.53.

Dibaba did not wait for the final lap. She pushed hard the final 600. She clocked from 600 to 200 to go in 58.84 seconds, but Meraf Bahta was still close. Dibaba had enough to hold her off for the win.

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 177 Genzebe DIBABA Africa ETHETH 8:57.53 8
Details 2 238 Meraf BAHTA Europe SWESWE 8:58.48 7
Details 3 220 Susan KUIJKEN Europe NEDNED 9:01.41 6
Details 4 210 Janet KISA Africa KENKEN 9:01.72 5
Details 5 145 Mimi BELETE Asia-Pacific BRNBRN 9:04.11 4
Details 6 248 Gabrielle GRUNEWALD Americas USAUSA 9:05.58 3
Details 7 155 Jessica O’CONNELL Americas CANCAN 9:11.04 2
Details 8 207 Yuika MORI Asia-Pacific JPNJPN 9:31.10 1

SPLIT TIME

Men’s 5000m Isiah Koech Runs 54.92 on the Last Lap for the Win

This field was  pretty weak and Isiah Koech had no problem picking up $30,000. Andrew Bumbalough fell off around half way and ended up getting lapped.

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 602 Isiah Kiplangat KOECH Africa KENKEN 13:26.86 8
Details 2 616 Zane ROBERTSON Asia-Pacific NZLNZL 13:29.27 7
Details 3 565 Nguse AMLOSOM Africa ERIERI 13:31.31 PB 6
Details 4 544 Albert Kibichii ROP Asia-Pacific BRNBRN 13:36.62 5
Details 5 647 Ali KAYA Europe TURTUR 13:42.45 4
Details 6 587 Bouabdellah TAHRI Europe FRAFRA 13:43.95 3
Details 7 651 Andrew BUMBALOUGH Americas USAUSA 14:51.36 2
Details 550 Iván LÓPEZ Americas CHICHI DNF

Women’s 400m: Francena McCorory Caps Great Season With a Sub 50.00 Clocking

Francena McCorory capped a tremendous season with a great win over Diamond League champion Novlene Williams Mills in a quick 49.94. The sub 50 clocking meant McCorory, the world leader in 2014, ends 2014 with three sub 50 clockings, one ahead of Sanya Richards Ross who had two. No one else broke 50 this year besides them.

This one was close down the final stretch but McCorory was too good. McCorory ends the year as the world indoor champ, the world outdoor leader, and with an extra $30,000 for today’s win.

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 112 Francena MCCORORY Americas USAUSA 49.94 8 0.177
Details 2 111 Novlene WILLIAMS-MILLS Americas JAMJAM 50.08 7 0.342
Details 3 179 Libania GRENOT Europe ITAITA 50.60 6 0.156
Details 4 105 Mupopo KABANGE Africa ZAMZAM 50.87 NR 5 0.204
Details 5 181 Olha ZEMLYAK Europe UKRUKR 51.00 PB 4 0.162
Details 6 101 Folasade ABUGAN Africa NGRNGR 51.78 3 0.240
Details 7 122 Anneliese RUBIE Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 54.33 2 0.146
Details 8 226 Louise JONES Asia-Pacific NZLNZL 55.07 1 0.137

Men’s 400m LaShawn Merritt Wins From Behind

Merritt had to come from behind to defeat African champ Isaac Makwala and Yousef Masrahi.

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 513 LaShawn MERRITT Americas USAUSA 44.60 8 0.166
Details 2 502 Isaac MAKWALA Africa BOTBOT 44.84 7 0.266
Details 3 607 Yousef Ahmed MASRAHI Asia-Pacific KSAKSA 45.03 6 0.187
Details 4 504 Wayde VAN NIEKERK Africa RSARSA 45.27 5 0.175
Details 5 515 Luguelín SANTOS Americas DOMDOM 45.34 4 0.190
Details 6 573 Donald SANFORD Europe ISRISR 45.40 3 0.171
Details 7 571 Martyn ROONEY Europe GBRGBR 45.93 2 0.161
Details 8 521 Yuzo KANEMARU Asia-Pacific JPNJPN 48.08 1 0.492

Women’s 100m: VCB Wins Easily

Wind -1.5mps

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 115 Veronica CAMPBELL-BROWN Americas JAMJAM 11.08 8 0.155
Details 2 119 Michelle-Lee AHYE Americas TTOTTO 11.25 7 0.158
Details 3 221 Dafne SCHIPPERS Europe NEDNED 11.26 6 0.158
Details 4 110 Marie-Josee TA LOU Africa CIVCIV 11.28 5 0.187
Details 5 192 Myriam SOUMARÉ Europe FRAFRA 11.36 4 0.185
Details 6 106 Gloria ASUMNU Africa NGRNGR 11.37 3 0.182
Details 7 208 Olga SAFRONOVA Asia-Pacific KAZKAZ 11.60 2 0.177
Details 8 132 Melissa BREEN Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 11.75 1 0.183

Men’s 100m: James Dasaolu Gets Upset Win

Mike Rodgers got a bad start and battled back as this was a very close three way finish. So close that the Eurosport tv crew thought Rodgers won, but Dasaolu got the win.

Wind -.1mps

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 588 James DASAOLU Europe GBRGBR 10.03 8 0.170
Details 2 518 Mike RODGERS Americas USAUSA 10.04 7 0.185
Details 3 631 Femi OGUNODE Asia-Pacific QATQAT 10.04 PB 6 0.186
Details 4 507 Mark JELKS Africa NGRNGR 10.12 5 0.183
Details 5 585 Christophe LEMAITRE Europe FRAFRA 10.13 4 0.148
Details 6 556 Peimeng ZHANG Asia-Pacific CHNCHN 10.18 SB 3 0.135
Details 7 511 Hua Wilfried KOFFI Africa CIVCIV 10.22 2 0.182
Details 8 519 Richard THOMPSON Americas TTOTTO 10.24 1 0.151

Men’s 400m Hurdles

Cornel Fredericks got the win as Diamoond League champ Michael Tinsley was just 7th.

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 500 Cornel FREDERICKS Africa RSARSA 48.34 8 0.156
Details 2 643 Kariem HUSSEIN Europe SUISUI 48.47 PB 7 0.152
Details 3 626 Javier CULSON Americas PURPUR 48.88 6 0.192
Details 4 568 Rasmus MÄGI Europe ESTEST 49.23 5 0.197
Details 5 503 Cristian MORTON Africa NGRNGR 49.65 4 0.240
Details 6 599 Takayuki KISHIMOTO Asia-Pacific JPNJPN 49.78 3 0.137
Details 7 662 Michael TINSLEY Americas USAUSA 52.25 2 0.157
Details 8 615 Michael COCHRANE Asia-Pacific NZLNZL 52.93 1 0.173

Women’s 400m Hurdles

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 204 Kaliese SPENCER Americas JAMJAM 53.81 8 0.212
Details 2 193 Eilidh CHILD Europe GBRGBR 54.42 7 0.185
Details 3 148 Adekoya OLUWAKEMI Asia-Pacific BRNBRN 54.70 6 0.162
Details 4 243 Anna TITIMETS Europe UKRUKR 55.20 5 0.251
Details 5 100 Wenda NEL Africa RSARSA 55.80 4 0.296
Details 6 102 Amaka OGOEGBUNAM Africa NGRNGR 55.83 3 0.234
Details 7 245 Kori CARTER Americas USAUSA 56.80 2 0.135
Details 8 120 Lauren WELLS Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 57.09 1 0.222

Men’s High Jump

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 648 Bohdan BONDARENKO Europe UKRUKR 2.37 8
Details 2 642 Ivan UKHOV Europe RUSRUS 2.34 7
Details 3 629 Mutaz Essa BARSHIM Asia-Pacific QATQAT 2.34 6
Details 4 546 Derek DROUIN Americas CANCAN 2.31 5
Details 5 658 Erik KYNARD Americas USAUSA 2.31 4
Details 6 555 Guowei ZHANG Asia-Pacific CHNCHN 2.27 3
Details 7 557 Fernand DJOUMÉSSI Africa CMRCMR 2.23 2
Details 8 538 Kabelo KGOSIEMANG Africa BOTBOT 2.18 1

Women’s Pole Vault

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 158 Ling LI Asia-Pacific CHNCHN 4.55 8
Details 2 234 Angelina ZHUK-KRASNOVA Europe RUSRUS 4.45 7
Details 3 198 Lisa RYZIH Europe GERGER 4.30 5.5
Details 3 131 Alana BOYD Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 4.30 5.5
Details 5 258 Becky HOLLIDAY Americas USAUSA 4.30 4
Details 6 214 Nisrine DINAR Africa MARMAR 3.95 SB 3
Details 7 241 Syrine EBONDO Africa TUNTUN 3.95 2
Details 144 Fabiana MURER Americas BRABRA NM

Men’s 4×100

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 AME AMERICAS Americas AMEAME 37.97 PB 15 0.156
Details 2 EUR EUROPE Europe EUREUR 38.62 11 0.133
Details 3 AFR AFRICA Africa AFRAFR 39.10 7 0.152
Details 4 APA ASIA-PACIFIC Asia-Pacific APAAPA 39.50 3 0.160

Women’s 4×100

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS REACTION TIME
Details 1 AME AMERICAS Americas AMEAME 42.44 15 0.150
Details 2 EUR EUROPE Europe EUREUR 42.98 PB 11 0.129
Details 3 APA ASIA-PACIFIC Asia-Pacific APAAPA 45.40 7 0.158
Details AFR AFRICA Africa AFRAFR DQ R170.7 0.139

Men’ s Hammer

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 594 Krisztián PARS Europe HUNHUN 78.99 8
Details 2 563 Mostafa ELGAMEL Africa EGYEGY 78.89 7
Details 3 620 Pawel FAJDEK Europe POLPOL 78.05 6
Details 4 644 Dilshod NAZAROV Asia-Pacific TJKTJK 77.06 5
Details 5 609 Ali Mohamed AL-ZANKAWI Asia-Pacific KUWKUW 72.24 4
Details 6 559 Roberto JANET Americas CUBCUB 71.98 3
Details 7 634 Chris HARMSE Africa RSARSA 71.71 2
Details 8 656 Kibwe JOHNSON Americas USAUSA 71.36 1

Women’s Triple

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK WIND POINTS
Details 1 166 Caterine IBARGÜEN Americas COLCOL 14.52 -0.5 8
Details 2 232 Ekaterina KONEVA Europe RUSRUS 14.27 -0.2 7
Details 3 242 Olga SALADUKHA Europe UKRUKR 14.26 +0.3 6
Details 4 205 Kimberly WILLIAMS Americas JAMJAM 13.93 +0.1 5
Details 5 159 Yanmei LI Asia-Pacific CHNCHN 13.37 0.0 4
Details 6 165 Joelle MBUMI NKOUINDJIN Africa CMRCMR 13.34 -0.4 3
Details 7 201 Nadia EKE Africa GHAGHA 13.28 PB +0.1 2
Details 8 136 Linda LEVERTON Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 13.10 -0.1 1

Men’s Shot

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 592 David STORL Europe GERGER 21.55 8
Details 2 598 O’Dayne RICHARDS Americas JAMJAM 21.10 7
Details 3 657 Joe KOVACS Americas USAUSA 20.87 6
Details 4 617 Tomas WALSH Asia-Pacific NZLNZL 20.70 5
Details 5 622 Tomasz MAJEWSKI Europe POLPOL 20.35 4
Details 6 632 Orazio CREMONA Africa RSARSA 19.96 3
Details 7 549 Franck ELEMBA Africa CGOCGO 19.72 NR 2
Details 8 606 Sultan Abdulmajeed ALHABASHI Asia-Pacific KSAKSA 19.09 1

Women’s Discus:

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 250 Gia LEWIS-SMALLWOOD Americas USAUSA 64.55 8
Details 2 139 Dani SAMUELS Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 64.39 7
Details 3 168 Sandra PERKOVIC Europe CROCRO 62.08 6
Details 4 191 Mélina ROBERT-MICHON Europe FRAFRA 61.89 5
Details 5 170 Yaime PÉREZ Americas CUBCUB 59.38 4
Details 6 162 Yanbo YANG Asia-Pacific CHNCHN 55.98 3
Details 7 223 Chinwe OKORO Africa NGRNGR 52.30 2
Details 8 216 Amina MOUDDEN Africa MARMAR 49.07 1

Men’s Long Jump

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK WIND POINTS
Details 1 664 Ignisious GAISAH Europe NEDNED 8.11 -0.7 8
Details 2 652 Will CLAYE Americas USAUSA 7.98 +0.3 7
Details 3 638 Zarck VISSER Africa RSARSA 7.96 +0.8 6
Details 4 552 Jinzhe LI Asia-Pacific CHNCHN 7.82 0.0 5
Details 5 593 Robert MARTEY Africa GHAGHA 7.76 +0.4 4
Details 6 610 Luis RIVERA Americas MEXMEX 7.75 +0.3 3
Details 7 531 Henry FRAYNE Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 7.69 +0.5 2
Details 8 583 Kafétien GOMIS Europe FRAFRA 7.67 +1.5 1

Women’s Javelin

POS BIB ATHLETE TEAM COUNTRY MARK POINTS
Details 1 171 Barbora ŠPOTÁKOVÁ Europe CZECZE 65.52 8
Details 2 230 Sunette VILJOEN Africa RSARSA 63.76 7
Details 3 153 Elizabeth GLEADLE Americas CANCAN 61.38 6
Details 4 137 Kimberley MICKLE Asia-Pacific AUSAUS 61.33 5
Details 5 200 Linda STAHL Europe GERGER 60.14 4
Details 6 163 Li ZHANG Asia-Pacific CHNCHN 59.27 3
Details 7 253 Kara PATTERSON Americas USAUSA 52.22 2
Details 8 202 Zuta Mary NARTEY Africa GHAGHA 49.84 1

Video highlights of Day 1 here. *Post race interviews here

Day 2 is Sunday.  Viewing info here.


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