And the winner is……TEAM AMERICAS! 🎉👌🏆 pic.twitter.com/2OzEcYIVCl
— IAAF Continental Cup (@iaafostrava2018) September 9, 2018
The Canadian men had a strong showing for team Americas at the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup help in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Team Americas scored 29 points over second place, Team Europe. The Continental Cup is a quadrennial competition among four continents with prize money nearly as big as the Diamond League.
Matt Hughes got the Canadian contingent off to an impressive start with his second place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase. After a difficult race in the Diamond League final, Hughes came back strong in Ostrava to run an 8:29.70.
Next up was three-time Canadian 1,500m champion Charles Philibert-Thiboutot. The 1,500m runner finished in fourth just behind Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen in 3:40.90. Ingebrigtsen has had an amazing season, becoming the youngest winner of the European 1,500m final. The runner is 17-years-old.
Mohammed Ahmed is coming off a strong showing in the Diamond League 5,000m final. Ahmed was just under two seconds off of his Canadian record of 13:01.74, running 13:03.08 in the strongest men’s 5,000m race of the season. He finished ninth.
On Sunday, Ahmed ran slightly under-distance in the 3,000m finishing second in 7:57.99. Ahmed finished just behind American Paul Chelimo. Ahmed holds the Canadian record in the event at 7:40.49.
Most track runners will now wind-down for the season and take some much needed time away from the track. Ahmed said in an interview two weeks ago, “I’m going to go home and take a few weeks off–take my mind off of training. When you’re not running, you quickly stop thinking about training and the grind.”