Press Release06 Sep 2018

How to follow the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018


Ostrava's Mestsky Stadium (© IAAF)

The IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 gets under way on Saturday 8 September as teams representing Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe coverge in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava for the IAAF’s quadrennial team competition. Here are some of the ways you can follow all the action from this weekend’s two-day event.

Live Coverage

The IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 will be broadcast around the world in THESE territories. There will also be a live stream on the IAAF's YouTube channel and Facebook page in THESE countries and territories.

Live action

We're providing several ways to get up to speed and stay up to speed. IAAF Radio will broadcast live during each session. We'll also have a live blog throughout the six days.

Social media

Website coverage



What's new?

A summary of changes to the event format for the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.

Captains and jokers

Each team will have a legendary athlete as an honorary captain:

Africa: Nezha Bidouane, 1997 and 2001 world 400m hurdles champion
Americas: Mike Powell, 1991 and 1993 world long jump champion and world record-holder
Asia-Pacific: Jana Pittman, 2003 and 2007 world 400m hurdles champion
Europe: Colin Jackson, 1993 and 1999 world 110m hurdles champion

Part of a captain’s duty will be to play their ‘jokers’. Each team has two jokers to be used each day – one for a men’s event and one for a women’s event. If the team wins the event in which the joker is used, double points will be awarded to that team.

Track events

• Except for the 3000m and 3000m steeplechase, track events are conducted according to IAAF rules.

• In the 3000m and 3000m steeplechase, 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, is eliminated and shall not complete the race, with only the remaining four athletes competing on the last lap.

• If the number of athletes at any elimination point is less than the required (that is, 8, 7, 6, 5), no elimination will take place at that point. Officials will indicate the elimination to the athlete.

Field events

• High jump and pole vault are conducted according to IAAF rules.

• Long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, hammer and javelin ('horizontal field events') will have two phases.

• In the first phase (qualification), all athletes have three trials, after which they are ranked. The highest ranked athlete from each team (i.e. a total of four athletes) proceed to round four. All other athletes are eliminated and ranked from fifth to eighth according to their best performance after three rounds of trials.

• Round four (semi-final) and round five (final) is the second phase of the competition. At the end of round four, the two lowest ranked athletes are ranked third and fourth according to their performance in this round and are eliminated.

• The two best ranked athletes in round four proceed to round five, which is the final round. In round five, the better ranked athlete in this round wins the competition, the other is second.

• If all the four athletes fail in round four, the two best ranked athletes after the first three rounds will go to round five. If in round four only one athlete has a valid performance, the second athlete to progress to round five will be the athlete (from a different team) with the best valid performance after the first three rounds.

• If in round five both athletes fail, the winner is the athlete with the better performance in round four. If in round four those athletes failed, the winner is the athlete with the better performance after the first three rounds and the other is second.



• Athletes are ranked according to their finishing positions in the event and are given individual points (8 to 1) accordingly. A team ranking is then determined by adding the individual points of each athlete in each team. Team points are awarded according to the team ranking. The first team scores 8 points, the second scores 6 points, the third scores 4 points and the fourth scores 2 points.

3000m and 3000m steeplechase

• In the 3000m and 3000m steeplechase, all athletes are awarded points regardless if they are eliminated or not.

• Eliminated athletes who do not stop after receiving the indication will be disqualified from the event.

Relay events

• In the relay events, the scoring is as follows:
1st – 8 points, 2nd – 6 points, 3rd – 4 points, 4th – 2 points