Ath­let­ics World Cup – pre­view to this week­end’s ac­tion in Lon­don

EIGHT OF THE WORLD’S TOP NA­TIONS WILL CLASH AT THE LON­DON STA­DIUM

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EIGHT na­tions, 34 events, two evenings of ac­tion and one plat­inum tro­phy – World Cup fever is spread­ing to track and field this week­end as the in­au­gu­ral Ath­let­ics World Cup takes place in the Lon­don Sta­dium.

The new com­pe­ti­tion will see ath­letes from the USA, Great Bri­tain & North­ern Ire­land, Poland, China, Ger­many,

France, Ja­maica and South Africa con­test all field events and track dis­ci­plines up to and in­clud­ing the 1500m, with just one male and one fe­male ath­lete from each na­tion se­lected in each event in a straight-fi­nal for­mat.

A num­ber of world and Olympic cham­pi­ons are among those bat­tling for the top prizes, with double Olympic gold medal­list Elaine Thomp­son spear­head­ing the Ja­maican team, ham­mer world record­holder Anita Wlo­dar­czyk in the Poland squad, world in­door 60m hur­dles cham­pion An­drew Pozzi rac­ing for GB and world pole vault cham­pion Sam Ken­dricks com­pet­ing for Amer­ica.

A $2mil­lion prize pot is up for grabs along­side the plat­inum tro­phy, which is said to cost over a quar­ter of a mil­lion US dol­lars, while the top three com­peti­tors in each in­di­vid­ual event will be re­warded with tra­di­tional gold, sil­ver and bronze medals. The cham­pi­ons rep­re­sent­ing the win­ning na­tion will also re­ceive plat­inum team medals.

“This is one of the ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tive events we are see­ing in our sport and our thanks go to Bri­tish Ath­let­ics and the Mayor of Lon­don for cre­at­ing it and host­ing it,” said IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe when the event was launched ear­lier this year.

“We have eight lanes, eight top na­tions, eight teams and a host of world-class ath­letes lin­ing up in each event to win the tro­phy and prize pot. This will be a fast-paced and ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for ath­letes and fans.”

To mark 100 years since women were given the right to vote, and as part of the Mayor of Lon­don’s ‘Be­hind Ev­ery Great City’ cam­paign, the first edi­tion of the Ath­let­ics World Cup will see all na­tions se­lect a fe­male ath­lete as team cap­tain.

Sky Sports is to broad­cast the ac­tion across its Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Ac­tion, and Sky Sports Mix chan­nels in the UK, while the AW web­site and so­cial me­dia chan­nels will have up­dates, with full cover­age in next week’s mag­a­zine.

Eyes on the prize: Beth Dobbin, Ojie Edobu­run and Mor­gan Lake are among ath­letes on the

GB team

Anita Wlo­dar­czyk: Poland team

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