Diamond Trophy winner Fedrick Dacres and Danielle Williams were the Jamaican winners on Saturday's opening day of the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava. Williams, the 2015 world champion, pulled of a major upset to win the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.49 seconds ahead of her Americas team-mate and world record holder Kendra Harrison of the USA with 12.52 seconds. Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz, competing for the European team, was third in 12.82 seconds.
Dacres, already the Commonwealth Games and NACAC champion this season left it late on his final throw to win the competition with 67.97 metres. Rio Olympic finalist Annsert Whyte produced a season best 48.46 seconds to take second in the 400m hurdles behind Qatar's Abderrahman Samba in a championship record 47.37 seconds.
Stephenie-Ann McPherson secured bronze in the 400m with 50.82 seconds behind Bahrain's Salwa Naser with 49.32 and South Africa's Caster Semenya in a national record 49.62 seconds. Jamaica's Yohan Blake on the 3rd leg and Tyquendo Tracey on anchor, teamed up with Americans Noah Lyles and Mike Rodgers to win the men's 4x100m in 38.05 seconds.
The competition continues on Sunday with seven Jamaicans taking part in individual action. Commonwealth Games champions Ronald Levy and Janieve Russell will compete in the 110m and 400m hurdles respectively, Natoya Goule goes in the 800m, IAAF World Cup gold medallist Sherica Jackson will run in the 200m, Aisha Praught-Leer is down for the 3000m steeplechase, Danniel Thomas-Dodd goes in the shot put, while Yohan Blake goes for a second medal when he contest the 100m.
The Continental Cup, which began as the World Cup in 1977, is the IAAF's oldest in-stadium competition, and is this weekend celebrating its 13th edition, the third as the Continental Cup.