Athletes representing Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific will compete in Czech Republic on Saturday and Sunday and here’s our guide to the event
Hot on the heels of the Diamond League finals at Zurich and Brussels, and the various area championships and games, comes the 2018 season finale, the IAAF Continental Cup.
There are four teams competing in Ostrava – Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific and each has two athletes in the individual events – and due to the strength of their field athletes Europe will start as favourites.
Athletes will claim points based on their finishing positions in their event from 8 to 1.
The winning team will be awarded with a unique trophy and each member of the team will receive part of the trophy. Shaped like an athletics track, the trophy is made in 116 sticks from Bohemian Crystal, symbolising relay batons.
The decision to run the 3000m and 3000m steeplechase races as elimination events has received mixed reaction. In these events the athlete reaching the finish line in the last position after the third (with four laps to go), fourth (with three laps to go), fifth (with two laps to go) and sixth (with one lap to go) full lap, respectively, will be eliminated and shall not complete the race, with only the remaining four athletes competing on the last lap. All athletes will be awarded points regardless of if they are eliminated or not.
The Americas’ best sprint should be the 100m where Noah Lyles and Yohan Blake feature. European 200m champion Ramil Guliyev goes in his speciality along with Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
Another Briton, Matthew Hudson-Smith, goes in what looks quite an open 400m and he is also in the mixed 4x400m.
World champion Karsten Warholm goes for Europe in the 400m hurdles but he will be up against America’s Kyron McMaster and the favourite, Asia Pacific’s Abderrahman Samba.
Europe’s wonderkid Jakob Ingebrigtsen goes at 1500m and his elder brother Henrik should be in the mix in the 3000m. Africa could dominate the 800m where they field world leader Emmanuel Korir and African champion Nijel Amos.
Europe’s strongest jumps event looks to be the pole vault even without Berlin champion Armand Duplantis, as they field Brussels winner Timur Morgunov and world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie. However, Americas call up world champion Sam Kendricks and former world champion Shawn Barber.
Europe could almost clean up in the throws as Thomas Rohler goes in the javelin while Wojciech Nowicki will surely dominate the hammer.
Dina Asher-Smith will hope to bounce back from her 100m defeat in Brussels but while not up against the winner from there, Murielle Ahouré, she will be up against joint world leader Marie-Josée Ta Lou.
Kendra Harrison will be favourite in the 100m hurdles and Britain’s Meghan Beesley goes in the 400m hurdles. Asia Pacific’s Salwa Eid Naser looks unbeatable at 400m.
Europe’s team could be stronger but they do field European champions Natalia Pryshchepa at 800m and Sifan Hassan at 3000m.
Hassan will take on Kenya’s Zurich winner Hellen Obiri, while the best athletes in this section from the Americas are 800m runner Ajee’ Wilson, Brussels runner-up Shelby Houlihan at 1500m and world steeplechase medallist Courtney Frerichs. South Africa’s Caster Semenya, runs the 800m and 400m.
Maria Lasitskene will start as favourite in the high jump and Europe should get also good points in the pole vault through another Berlin winner, Katerina Stefanidi.
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo and GB’s Shara Proctor compete in the long jump. Anita Wlodarczyk will start as one of the strongest favourites of the weekend in the hammer, while Asia Pacific have world-leader Gong Lijiao in the shot.
The following is in local time and Ostrava is one hour ahead of British time
14:30 W Hammer
14:35 M High jump
14:40 W 100m hurdles
14:52 M 200m
15:00 W Triple jump
15:15 W 100m
15:25 W 1500m
15:47 W 400m
15:52 M Discus
15:57 W Pole vault
15:59 M 3000m steeplechase
16:14 M 400m hurdles
16:22 M Long jump
16:35 W 3000m
16:52 M Shot
17:10 W Discus
17:12 M 800m
17:34 W 4x100m
17:56 M 4x100m
14:38 M Hammer
14:43 W High jump
15:00 M Triple jump
15:03 M 110m hurdles
15:24 W 800m
15:32 M Pole vault
15:48 W 200m
15:57 M 400m
16:05 M Javelin
16:10 W 3000m steeplechase
16:25 W Long jump
16:30 W 400m hurdles
16:48 M 1500m
16:57 W Shot
17:13 W Javelin
17:15 M 3000m
17:39 M 100m
17:59 Mixed 4x400m
Results will be found here once available.
» Fans in the UK can watch the action via the BBC: Saturday 13:20-17:15 – BBC Red Button, online and connected TV, Sunday 13:30-17:15 – BBC Sport online and connected TV
» See the September 13 edition of AW magazine for full coverage from events in Ostrava