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Athletics World Cup a hit with athletes and fans

AMERICAN DREAM: US team at the Athletics World Cup

THERE WAS a little consternation surrounding the inaugural Athletics World Cup which took place at the London Stadium last weekend but after all was said and done the event, a two-day affair, was a resounding success.

Both athletes and fans were treated to a high calibre track and eld event that has the scope to grow into a positive addition to the athletics global calendar.

At the conclusion of the weekend’s action, the Athletics World Cup final standings painted a picture of dominance for the United States of America team who thrashed the other teams with an astounding points total of 219.

That total exceeded second-place Poland’s mark of 162 by 57 points, while Great Britain & Northern Ireland were third on 155 points. Both those nations will be pleased with their second day showing after improving on their placing from Saturday evening.

Jamaica had to settle for fourth place on 153 points, but the fact that they were only nine points behind Poland and two behind Great Britain & Northern Ireland is a testament to how close the contest was behind the eventual Athletics World Cup winners, the USA.

France’s football World Cup win earlier on in the day did not appear to provide further motivation to a France team who endured a frustrating Sunday evening in the athletics equivalent, only adding 61 points to their total from the previous evening and therefore nishing in fifth place overall.

Looking further down the table, Germany, South Africa and China all struggled to challenge for the higher placings despite a smattering of strong individual performances and they ended on 137, 135 and 81 points respectively.

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