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1. IAAF Continental Cup - Overview

 

IAAF Continental Cup

 

The IAAF Continental Cup (formerly known as the IAAF World Cup) was an international athletics track and field competition organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It is the only world cup contested by teams representing continents, rather than national teams. The event took place every four years in the even-year between Olympics. It was announced in March 2020 that it was being discontinued.

The founder of the original World Cup was the Italian IAAF former President Primo Nebiolo.

In 2018, the inaugural Athletics World Cup was held. This event is not related to the original IAAF World Cup or its IAAF Continental Cup successor. A second edition of the Athletics World Cup has not been announced.

 

History

The previous format (known as the IAAF World Cup) included separate men's and women's competitions. Eight teams would take part in each event, five continental and three national, and if the stadium had a ninth lane, the host nation would also be allowed to enter a team.

The winning men's and women's teams (and runners-up) from the preceding European Cup qualified as national teams for the World Cup, together with the United States. The continental teams comprised Africa, Asia, Oceania, the rest of the Americas (North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association and Confederación Sudamericana de Atletismo), and the rest of Europe.

Beginning with the 2010 event in Split, Croatia, the format was changed and the competition renamed the IAAF Continental Cup. The number of regional teams was reduced to four (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Americas) each represented by two athletes or one relay team in every event, and national teams were eliminated.

In addition, the separate men's and women's competitions were merged: the continental teams now compete for a single mixed championship.

After a decision at the 206th IAAF Council Meeting, held after the 2016 Summer Olympics, long-distance events were removed from the programme, and the 4 × 400 metres relay event was modified to a mixed gender event. In March 2020 World Athletics decided to discontinue the competition.
 

Results

IAAF World Cup

Year Venue   Cup winners Second place Third place
1977 Düsseldorf Men East Germany East Germany United States West Germany
Women Europe Europe East Germany Soviet Union
1979 Montreal Men United States United States Europe East Germany
Women East Germany East Germany Soviet Union Europe
1981 Rome Men Europe Europe East Germany United States
Women East Germany East Germany Europe Soviet Union
1985 Canberra Men United States United States Soviet Union East Germany
Women East Germany East Germany Soviet Union Europe
1989 Barcelona Men United States United States Europe Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Women East Germany East Germany Soviet Union America
1992 Havana Men Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa Great Britain and Northern Ireland Europe
Women Commonwealth of Independent States Unified Team Europe America
1994 London Men Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa Great Britain and Northern Ireland America
Women Europe Europe America Germany
1998 Johannesburg Men Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa Europe Germany
Women United States United States Europe Africa
2002 Madrid Men Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa Europe United States
Women Russia Russia Europe America
2006 Athens Men Europe Europe United States Africa (orthographic projection).svgAfrica
Women Russia Russia Europe America
 

IAAF Continental Cup

Year Venue   Cup winners Second place Third place Fourth place
2010 Split, Croatia Overall Americas Europe Europe Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa Asia/Pacific
Points 424.5 410 295 292.5
Men Europe Europe Americas Africa (orthographic projection).svgAfrica Asia/Pacific
Women Americas EuropeEurope Africa (orthographic projection).svgAfrica Asia/Pacific
2014 Marrakech, Morocco Overall Europe Europe Americas Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa Asia/Pacific
Points 447.5 390 339 257.5
Men Europe Europe Americas Africa (orthographic projection).svgAfrica Asia/Pacific
Women Europe Europe Americas Africa (orthographic projection).svgAfrica Asia/Pacific
2018 Ostrava, Czech Republic Overall Americas Europe Europe Asia/Pacific Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa
Points 262 233 188 142
 

IAAF Continental Cup Championships records

Key to tables:  not ratified or later rescinded by IAAF

Men's records

Event Record Name Nationality Date Games
100 m 9.87 (-0.2 m/s) Obadele Thompson  Barbados 11 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
200 m 19.87 (+0.1 m/s) Wallace Spearmon  United States 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
400 m 44.22 Jeremy Wariner  United States 4 September 2010 2010 Split
800 m 1:43.37 David Rudisha  Kenya 5 September 2010
1500 m 3:31.20 Bernard Lagat  United States 20 September 2002 2002 Madrid
3000 m 7:32.19 Craig Mottram  Australia 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
5000 m 13:13.82 Miruts Yifter  Ethiopia 3 July 1977 1977 Düsseldorf
10000 m 27:38.43 * Werner Schildhauer  East Germany 4 September 1981 1981 Rome
3000 m steeplechase 8:09.67 Richard Mateelong  Kenya 5 September 2010 2010 Split
110 m hurdles 12.96 (+0.4 m/s) Allen Johnson  United States 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
400 m hurdles 47.37 Edwin Moses  United States 4 September 1981 1981 Rome
Abderrahman Samba  Qatar 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava
High jump 2.40 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba 11 September 1994 1994 London
Pole vault 5.95 m Steven Hooker  Australia 5 September 2010 2010 Split
Long jump 8.52 m (0.0 m/s) Larry Myricks  United States 26 September 1979 1979 Montreal
Triple jump 17.61 m (+0.6 m/s) Yoelbi Quesada  Cuba 10 September 1994 1994 London
Shot put 22.00 m Ulf Timmermann  East Germany 5 October 1985 1985 Canberra
Discus throw 71.25 m Róbert Fazekas  Hungary 21 September 2002 2002 Madrid
Hammer throw 82.68 m Tibor Gécsek  Hungary 12 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
Javelin throw 89.26 m Andreas Thorkildsen  Norway 5 September 2010 2010 Split
4 × 100 m relay 37.59 Kaaron Conwright
Wallace Spearmon
Tyson Gay
Jason Smoots
 United States 16 September 2006 2006 Athens
4 × 400 m relay 2:59.00  Nery Brenes (CRC)
 Bershawn Jackson (USA)
 Greg Nixon (USA)
 Ricardo Chambers (JAM)
Various (Americas) 5 September 2010 2010 Split
 

Women's records

Event Record Name Nationality Date Games
100 m 10.65 (+1.1 m/s) Marion Jones  United States 12 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
200 m 21.62 (-0.6 m/s) Marion Jones  United States 11 September 1998
400 m 47.60 Marita Koch  East Germany 6 October 1985 1985 Canberra
800 m 1:54.44 Ana Fidelia Quirot  Cuba 9 September 1989 1989 Barcelona
1500 m 4:00.84 Maryam Yusuf Jamal  Bahrain 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
3000 m 8:27.50 Sifan Hassan  Netherlands 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava
5000 m 14:39.11 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
10000 m 30:52.51 * Elana Meyer  South Africa 10 September 1994 1994 London
100 m hurdles 12.47 (+0.7 m/s) Dawn Harper Nelson  United States 14 September 2014 2014 Marrakech
400 m hurdles 52.96 Nezha Bidouane  Morocco 11 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
3000 m steeplechase 9:07.92 Beatrice Chepkoech  Kenya 9 September 2018 2018 Ostrava
High jump 2.05 m Blanka Vlašić  Croatia 5 September 2010 2010 Split
Pole vault 4.85 m Anzhelika Sidorova  Russia 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava
Katerina Stefanidi  Greece
Sandi Morris  United States
Long jump 7.27 m (+0.7 m/s) Heike Drechsler  East Germany 6 October 1985 1985 Canberra
Triple jump 15.25 m (+1.7 m/s) Olga Rypakova  Kazakhstan 4 September 2010 2010 Split
Shot put 20.98 m Ilona Briesenick  East Germany 24 August 1979 1979 Montreal
Discus throw 71.54 m Ilke Wyludda  East Germany 10 September 1989 1989 Barcelona
Hammer throw 75.46 m DeAnna Price  United States 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava
Javelin throw 65.52 m Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic 13 September 2014 2014 Marrakech
68.14 m Maria Abakumova  Russia 4 September 2010 2010 Split
4 × 100 m relay 41.37 Silke Gladisch
Sabine Rieger
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
 East Germany 6 October 1985 1985 Canberra
4 × 400 m relay 3:19.50 Kirsten Emmelmann
Sabine Busch
Dagmar Neubauer
Marita Koch
 East Germany 4 October 1985
 
   

 

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