IAAF Continental Cup
Statusdefunct
GenreTrack and field
Date(s)varying
Frequencybiennial
Countryvarying
Years active1977–2018
Inaugurated1977 (1977)
Most recent2018
Organised byWorld Athletics
Websiteworldathletics.org

The IAAF Continental Cup was an international track and field competition organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The event was proposed by IAAF former President Primo Nebiolo and was first held in 1977 as the IAAF World Cup.[1] The event was initially held every two years, but following the establishment of the World Athletics Championships it moved to a quadrennial basis. The 1989 edition was held the same year as the World Indoor Championships, then moved to the even-year between Summer Olympics, ensuring the sport of athletics had a global competition in all years.

The original format included separate men's and women's competitions consisting of 21 events each, with team points being awarded for the finishing position of each athlete. Eight teams, five continental and three national, entered an athlete in each event, and if the stadium had a ninth lane the host nation would also be permitted to enter. The eight entrants included the United States, the top two nations in the preceding European Cup and continental teams comprising 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.

From 2010 the event was rebranded to the IAAF Continental Cup, the national teams were removed, and team scoring incorporated both the sexes. Two athletes per individual event were entered by four regional teams: Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Americas). The regions had only one team each for the relay events.[2]

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.[3] A nation-based competition, the Athletics World Cup, was staged in 2018 by an independent promoter. The IAAF competition was briefly rebranded as the World Athletics Continental Cup in 2019, but was rendered defunct in March 2020.[4][5][6]

Results

IAAF World Cup

Edition Year Venue Division Cup winners Second place Third place
1st 1977 Düsseldorf Men East Germany East Germany United States West Germany
Women Europe Europe East Germany Soviet Union
2nd 1979 Montreal Men United States United States Europe East Germany
Women East Germany East Germany Soviet Union Europe
3rd 1981 Rome Men Europe Europe East Germany United States
Women East Germany East Germany Europe Soviet Union
4th 1985 Canberra Men United States United States Soviet Union East Germany
Women East Germany East Germany Soviet Union Europe
5th 1989 Barcelona Men United States United States Europe Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Women East Germany East Germany Soviet Union America
6th 1992 Havana Men
Africa
Great Britain and Northern Ireland Europe
Women Commonwealth of Independent States Unified Team Europe America
7th 1994 London Men
Africa
Great Britain and Northern Ireland America
Women Europe Europe America Germany
8th 1998 Johannesburg Men
Africa
Europe Germany
Women United States United States Europe Africa
9th 2002 Madrid Men
Africa
Europe United States
Women Russia Russia Europe America
10th 2006 Athens[7] Men Europe Europe United States
Africa
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
Asia/Pacific
Points 424.5[8] 410 295 292.5
Men Europe Europe Americas
Africa
Asia/Pacific
Women Americas EuropeEurope
Africa
Asia/Pacific
2014 Marrakesh, Morocco Overall Europe Europe Americas
Africa
Asia/Pacific
Points 447.5 390 339 257.5
Men Europe Europe Americas
Africa
Asia/Pacific
Women Europe Europe Americas
Africa
Asia/Pacific
2018 Ostrava, Czech Republic Overall Americas Europe Europe Asia/Pacific
Africa
Points 262 233 188 142

Cup records

Key to tables:   not ratified or later rescinded by IAAF

Men

Event Record Name Nationality Team Date Games Ref
100 m 9.87 (-0.2 m/s) Obadele Thompson  Barbados Americas 11 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
200 m 19.87 (+0.1 m/s) Wallace Spearmon  United States United States 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
400 m 44.22 Jeremy Wariner  United States Americas 4 September 2010 2010 Split [9]
800 m 1:43.37 David Rudisha  Kenya Africa 5 September 2010 [10]
1500 m 3:31.20 Bernard Lagat  United States United States 20 September 2002 2002 Madrid
3000 m 7:32.19 Craig Mottram  Australia Oceania 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
5000 m 13:13.82 Miruts Yifter  Ethiopia Africa 3 July 1977 1977 Düsseldorf
10,000 m 27:38.43 Werner Schildhauer  East Germany East Germany 4 September 1981 1981 Rome
3000 m steeplechase 8:09.67 Richard Mateelong  Kenya Africa 5 September 2010 2010 Split [11]
110 m hurdles 12.96 (+0.4 m/s) Allen Johnson  United States United States 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
400 m hurdles 47.37 Edwin Moses  United States United States 4 September 1981 1981 Rome
Abderrahman Samba  Qatar Asia-Pacific 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava [12]
High jump 2.40 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba Americas 11 September 1994 1994 London
Pole vault 5.95 m Steve Hooker  Australia Oceania 5 September 2010 2010 Split [13]
Long jump 8.52 m (0.0 m/s) Larry Myricks  United States United States 26 September 1979 1979 Montreal
Triple jump 17.61 m (+0.6 m/s) Yoelbi Quesada  Cuba Americas 10 September 1994 1994 London
Shot put 22.00 m Ulf Timmermann  East Germany East Germany 5 October 1985 1985 Canberra
Discus throw 71.25 m Róbert Fazekas  Hungary Europe 21 September 2002 2002 Madrid
Hammer throw 82.68 m Tibor Gécsek  Hungary Europe 12 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
Javelin throw 89.26 m Andreas Thorkildsen  Norway Europe 5 September 2010 2010 Split [14]
4 × 100 m relay 37.59 Kaaron Conwright
Wallace Spearmon
Tyson Gay
Jason Smoots
 United States 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 [15]

Women

Event Record Name Nationality Date Games Ref
100 m 10.65 (+1.1 m/s) Marion Jones  United States United States 12 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
200 m 21.62 (-0.6 m/s) Marion Jones  United States United States 11 September 1998
400 m 47.60 Marita Koch  East Germany East Germany 6 October 1985 1985 Canberra
800 m 1:54.44 Ana Fidelia Quirot  Cuba Americas 9 September 1989 1989 Barcelona
1500 m 4:00.84 Maryam Yusuf Jamal  Bahrain Asia 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
3000 m 8:27.50 Sifan Hassan  Netherlands Europe 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava [16]
5000 m 14:39.11 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia Africa 17 September 2006 2006 Athens
10,000 m 30:52.51 Elana Meyer  South Africa Africa 10 September 1994 1994 London
100 m hurdles 12.47 (+0.7 m/s) Dawn Harper-Nelson  United States Americas 14 September 2014 2014 Marrakech [17]
400 m hurdles 52.96 Nezha Bidouane  Morocco Africa 11 September 1998 1998 Johannesburg
3000 m steeplechase 9:07.92 Beatrice Chepkoech  Kenya Africa 9 September 2018 2018 Ostrava [18]
High jump 2.05 m Blanka Vlašić  Croatia Europe 5 September 2010 2010 Split [19]
Pole vault 4.85 m Anzhelika Sidorova  Russia Europe 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava [20]
Katerina Stefanidi  Greece Europe
Sandi Morris  United States Americas
Long jump 7.27 m (+0.7 m/s) Heike Drechsler  East Germany East Germany 6 October 1985 1985 Canberra
Triple jump 15.25 m (+1.7 m/s) Olga Rypakova  Kazakhstan Asia 4 September 2010 2010 Split [21]
Shot put 20.98 m Ilona Slupianek  East Germany East Germany 24 August 1979 1979 Montreal
Discus throw 71.54 m Ilke Wyludda  East Germany East Germany 10 September 1989 1989 Barcelona
Hammer throw 75.46 m DeAnna Price  United States Americas 8 September 2018 2018 Ostrava [22]
Javelin throw 65.52 m Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic Europe 13 September 2014 2014 Marrakech
68.14 m Mariya Abakumova  Russia Europe 4 September 2010 2010 Split [23]
4 × 100 m relay 41.37 Silke Möller
Sabine Günther
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
 East Germany East Germany 6 October 1985 1985 Canberra
4 × 400 m relay 3:19.50 Kirsten Emmelmann
Sabine Busch
Dagmar Neubauer
Marita Koch
 East Germany East Germany 4 October 1985

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