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Jamaica's elites for IAAF Continental Cup

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Morgan looks to extend mark for nation's throwers

Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jason Morgan is among 11 Jamaican elite athletes invited to represent the Americas at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, from September 13-14.

Formerly known as the IAAF World Cup, the competition takes place every four years and pits continents against each other, with each team assembled from its best athletes.

Morgan, the first ever discus thrower selected from Jamaica to compete at the Continental Cup, joins Commonwealth Games champions Kaliese Spencer, Stephenie McPherson, and O'Dayne Richards, as well as Veronica Campbell-Brown, Novlene Williams-Mills, Kimberly Williams, Nesta Carter, and Christine Day.

Morgan, who had recently mulled retirement, was delighted at being invited.

"It feels like my honest hard work and dedication are being rewarded slowly but surely," he said. "I heard last week, and I am still elated and humbled at the same time."

He feels that this selection can be the beginning of great things for Jamaica's senior throwers, who have been making a mark at international events in recent times. Federick Dacres was a world leader in the discus this season, and Richards won gold in Glasgow, to highlight Jamaica's emerging prowess in the throws.

Morgan feels this selection can clear the way for greater things.

"I have always had a vision of breaking down barriers in the discus throw, and it is evident that vision is becoming reality," he said. "This is timeless."

President of the MVP track club Bruce James confirmed that a number of the club's athletes had been invited.

The Jamaican athletes, who are expected to be in Marrakech by September 7, will form part of a formidable team from the Americas that should include World triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen, World Indoor champion Francena McCorory, sprint hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson, 400-metre hurdler Javier Culson, US shot putter Joe Kovacs, 800-metre runner Ajee Wilson, as well as Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, and long jumper Tianna Bartole.

Two of the Jamaican invitees will not be accepting invitations. Hansle Parchment is still recovering from injury, while James said yesterday that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was also among the invitees, would definitely not be there.