The IAAF Continental Cup (formerly known as the IAAF World Cup) is 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 entire continents, rather than national teams. The event takes place every four years in the even-year between Olympics.
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.
|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|
|100 m||9.87 (-0.2 m/s)||Obadele Thompson||11 September 1998|
|200 m||19.87 (+0.1 m/s)||Wallace Spearmon||17 September 2006|
|400 m||44.22||Jeremy Wariner||4 September 2010|
|800 m||1:43.37||David Rudisha||5 September 2010|
|1500 m||3:31.20||Bernard Lagat||20 September 2002|
|3000 m||7:32.19||Craig Mottram||17 September 2006|
|5000 m||13:13.82||Miruts Yifter||3 July 1977|
|10000 m||27:38.43 *||Werner Schildhauer||4 September 1981|
|3000 m steeplechase||8:09.67||Richard Mateelong||5 September 2010|
|110 m hurdles||12.96 (+0.4 m/s)||Allen Johnson||17 September 2006|
|400 m hurdles||47.37||Edwin Moses||4 September 1981|
|Abderrahman Samba||8 September 2018|
|High jump||2.40 m||Javier Sotomayor||11 September 1994|
|Pole vault||5.95 m||Steven Hooker||5 September 2010|
|Long jump||8.52 m (0.0 m/s)||Larry Myricks||26 September 1979|
|Triple jump||17.61 m (+0.6 m/s)||Yoelbi Quesada||10 September 1994|
|Shot put||22.00 m||Ulf Timmermann||5 October 1985|
|Discus throw||71.25 m||Róbert Fazekas||21 September 2002|
|Hammer throw||82.68 m||Tibor Gécsek||12 September 1998|
|Javelin throw||89.26 m||Andreas Thorkildsen||5 September 2010|
|4 × 100 m relay||37.59|| Kaaron Conwright |
|16 September 2006|
|4 × 400 m relay||2:59.00||Various (Americas)||5 September 2010|
|100 m||10.65 (+1.1 m/s)||Marion Jones||12 September 1998|
|200 m||21.62 (-0.6 m/s)||Marion Jones||11 September 1998|
|400 m||47.60||Marita Koch||6 October 1985|
|800 m||1:54.44||Ana Fidelia Quirot||9 September 1989|
|1500 m||4:00.84||Maryam Yusuf Jamal||17 September 2006|
|3000 m||8:27.50||Sifan Hassan||8 September 2018|
|5000 m||14:39.11||Meseret Defar||17 September 2006|
|10000 m||30:52.51 *||Elana Meyer||10 September 1994|
|100 m hurdles||12.47 (+0.7 m/s)||Dawn Harper Nelson||14 September 2014|
|400 m hurdles||52.96||Nezha Bidouane||11 September 1998|
|3000 m steeplechase||9:07.92||Beatrice Chepkoech||9 September 2018|
|High jump||2.05 m||Blanka Vlašić||5 September 2010|
|Pole vault||4.85 m||Anzhelika Sidorova||8 September 2018|
|Long jump||7.27 m (+0.7 m/s)||Heike Drechsler||6 October 1985|
|Triple jump||15.25 m (+1.7 m/s)||Olga Rypakova||4 September 2010|
|Shot put||20.98 m||Ilona Briesenick||24 August 1979|
|Discus throw||71.54 m||Ilke Wyludda||10 September 1989|
|Hammer throw||75.46 m||DeAnna Price||8 September 2018|
|Javelin throw||DQ||Maria Abakumova||4 September 2010|
|4 × 100 m relay||41.37|| Silke Gladisch |
|6 October 1985|
|4 × 400 m relay||3:19.50|| Kirsten Emmelmann |
|4 October 1985|
* = last IAAF Continental Cup competition in 1994