Fresh from her success at both the Commonwealth Games (silver behind Sally Pearson) and European Championships (gold), 26 year old Tiffany Porter cast Jessica Ennis-Hill's two year old British record for the women's 100m hurdles to the history books on Sunday. The former American athlete had been the previous record holder and ever since Ennis-Hill's super fast time of 12.54 seconds that gave her the perfect platform to take Olympic Heptathlon gold at London 2012, Porter has been eager to get the record back.
Porter set the new best figures of 12.51 seconds in what many viewed as the highlight of the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, where she was representing team Europe, but had to settle for second on the day behind Dawn Harper of America who ran an African all- comers' record of 12.47 secs. Porter has only represented Britain since 2010 after emigrating from America, the country she ran for in the younger age groups. She qualified from birth to represent either country though having been born in the States but having an English mother.
Europe won the overall competition with 447.5 points , comfortably ahead of the Americas on 390, Africa on 339 and Asia-Pacific with 257.5.
Other Brits also performed well at the two day meeting as part of the strong Europe team. They included Euro Champs' silver medallist Will Sharman in the men's high hurdles, who again found his Euro conqueror Sergey Shubenkov just too hot to handle and had to settle for third with Ronnie Ash of America also ahead of Sharman on the day. Shubenkov's time of 13.23 secs was just two hundredths ahead of the 2nd and 3rd placers.
'Supermum' Jo Pavey continued her marvellous season that has catapulted her to Euro gold and Commonwealth bronze at 40 years of age, taking a solid bronze again in the 5000m event with a relatively modest 15 minutes 58.67 seconds time , with Almal Ayana of Ethiopia first ahead of Joyce Chepkirui from Kenya.
Britain's James Dasaolu repeated his Euro success by taking the men's 100m in 10.03 seconds ahead of the consistent American Mike Rodgers, with Femi Ogunode completing the medal placings. Ogunode repeated bronze in the 200m event, where the Americas' athlete Alonso Edward just got the verdict over his team mate Rasheed Dwyer as both ran 19.98 secs.
The one- two in the women's 400m hurdles had echoes of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earlier in the summer, as Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer once again prevailed over Scotland's finest Eilidh Child.
Europe enjoyed many other wins in the competition including Dafne Schippers in the women's 200m and Christina Schwanitz in the women's shot put, after a late withdrawal by Valerie Adams. One of the most competitive events was the men's triple jump, where Euro champ Benjamin Compaore eventually came out on top over Godfrey Mokoena and Will Claye, jumping a personal best of 17.48m in the process. #Athletics