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, and the latter continues to be held.
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.
|Year||Venue||Cup winners||Second place||Third place|
|1977||Düsseldorf||Men||United States||West Germany|
|Women||East Germany||Soviet Union|
|1981||Rome||Men||East Germany||United States|
|1985||Canberra||Men||Soviet Union||East Germany|
|1989||Barcelona||Men||Europe||Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|1992||Havana||Men||Great Britain and Northern Ireland||Europe|
|1994||London||Men||Great Britain and Northern Ireland||America|
|Year||Venue||Cup winners||Second place||Third place||Fourth place|
|2010||Split, Croatia||Overall|| Americas ||Asia/Pacific|
|2018||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Overall||Americas||Asia/Pacific|
Key to tables: not ratified or later rescinded by IAAF
|100 m||9.87 (-0.2 m/s)||Obadele Thompson||11 September 1998||1998 Johannesburg|
|200 m||19.87 (+0.1 m/s)||Wallace Spearmon||17 September 2006||2006 Athens|
|400 m||44.22||Jeremy Wariner||4 September 2010||2010 Split|
|800 m||1:43.37||David Rudisha||5 September 2010|
|1500 m||3:31.20||Bernard Lagat||20 September 2002||2002 Madrid|
|3000 m||7:32.19||Craig Mottram||17 September 2006||2006 Athens|
|5000 m||13:13.82||Miruts Yifter||3 July 1977||1977 Düsseldorf|
|10000 m||27:38.43 *||Werner Schildhauer||4 September 1981||1981 Rome|
|3000 m steeplechase||8:09.67||Richard Mateelong||5 September 2010||2010 Split|
|110 m hurdles||12.96 (+0.4 m/s)||Allen Johnson||17 September 2006||2006 Athens|
|400 m hurdles||47.37||Edwin Moses||4 September 1981||1981 Rome|
|Abderrahman Samba||8 September 2018||2018 Ostrava|
|High jump||2.40 m||Javier Sotomayor||11 September 1994||1994 London|
|Pole vault||5.95 m||Steven Hooker||5 September 2010||2010 Split|
|Long jump||8.52 m (0.0 m/s)||Larry Myricks||26 September 1979||1979 Montreal|
|Triple jump||17.61 m (+0.6 m/s)||Yoelbi Quesada||10 September 1994||1994 London|
|Shot put||22.00 m||Ulf Timmermann||5 October 1985||1985 Canberra|
|Discus throw||71.25 m||Róbert Fazekas||21 September 2002||2002 Madrid|
|Hammer throw||82.68 m||Tibor Gécsek||12 September 1998||1998 Johannesburg|
|Javelin throw||89.26 m||Andreas Thorkildsen||5 September 2010||2010 Split|
|4 × 100 m relay||37.59|| Kaaron Conwright |
|16 September 2006||2006 Athens|
|4 × 400 m relay||2:59.00||Various (Americas)||5 September 2010||2010 Split|
|100 m||10.65 (+1.1 m/s)||Marion Jones||12 September 1998||1998 Johannesburg|
|200 m||21.62 (-0.6 m/s)||Marion Jones||11 September 1998|
|400 m||47.60||Marita Koch||6 October 1985||1985 Canberra|
|800 m||1:54.44||Ana Fidelia Quirot||9 September 1989||1989 Barcelona|
|1500 m||4:00.84||Maryam Yusuf Jamal||17 September 2006||2006 Athens|
|3000 m||8:27.50||Sifan Hassan||8 September 2018||2018 Ostrava|
|5000 m||14:39.11||Meseret Defar||17 September 2006||2006 Athens|
|10000 m||30:52.51 *||Elana Meyer||10 September 1994||1994 London|
|100 m hurdles||12.47 (+0.7 m/s)||Dawn Harper Nelson||14 September 2014||2014 Marrakech|
|400 m hurdles||52.96||Nezha Bidouane||11 September 1998||1998 Johannesburg|
|3000 m steeplechase||9:07.92||Beatrice Chepkoech||9 September 2018||2018 Ostrava|
|High jump||2.05 m||Blanka Vlašić||5 September 2010||2010 Split|
|Pole vault||4.85 m||Anzhelika Sidorova||8 September 2018||2018 Ostrava|
|Long jump||7.27 m (+0.7 m/s)||Heike Drechsler||6 October 1985||1985 Canberra|
|Triple jump||15.25 m (+1.7 m/s)||Olga Rypakova||4 September 2010||2010 Split|
|Shot put||20.98 m||Ilona Briesenick||24 August 1979||1979 Montreal|
|Discus throw||71.54 m||Ilke Wyludda||10 September 1989||1989 Barcelona|
|Hammer throw||75.46 m||DeAnna Price||8 September 2018||2018 Ostrava|
|Javelin throw||65.52 m||Barbora Špotáková||13 September 2014||2014 Marrakech|
|68.14 m||Maria Abakumova||4 September 2010||2010 Split|
|4 × 100 m relay||41.37|| Silke Gladisch |
|6 October 1985||1985 Canberra|
|4 × 400 m relay||3:19.50|| Kirsten Emmelmann |
|4 October 1985|
* = last IAAF Continental Cup competition in 1994
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