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Canada's Ahmed and Hughes help Americas team capture Continental Cup


OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Canada's Mohammed Ahmed and Matt Hughes captured silver medals to help the Americas team to a victory in track and field's Continental Cup.

Ahmed, from St. Catharines, Ont., was second in the men's 3,000 metres, while Hughes, from Oshawa, Ont., won silver in the men's 3,000-metre steeplechase.

Shawn Barber of Toronto cleared 5.65 metres to finish third in the men's pole vault, and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City was fourth in the men's 1,500.

The Americas dethroned defending champion Europe.

Leading overnight, Team Americas finished on 262 points after winning 18 of the 37 events in the two-day competition, beating Team Europe (233) by 29 points. Team Asia-Pacific was third on 188 and Team Africa last on 142.

The Continental Cup, previously known as the World Cup, gathers four continental teams with two athletes from each team in each event, except the relays.

After winning the triple jump on Saturday, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia added another victory for the Americas with 6.93 metres in the women's long jump.

Olympic and world champion Christian Taylor of the United States leapt 17.59 to dominate the men's triple jump and American sprinter Noah Lyles was fastest in the men's 100 metres in 10.01.

Paul Chelimo of the United States clocked 7:57.13 to win the men's 3,000 and his fellow countryman Sam Kendricks cleared 5.85 to take the men's pole vault.

Olympic 400-metre champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas won the women's 200 in 22.16, while Janieve Russell of Jamaica claimed the women's 400 hurdles in 53.62.

In the final unusual event, Team Americas won the 4x400 mixed relay with Taylor and Miller-Uibo part of the winning team.

The Continental Cup takes place every four years.

— With files from The Associated Press.

The Canadian Press

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