Athletics World Cup – preview to this weekend’s action in London
EIGHT OF THE WORLD’S TOP NATIONS WILL CLASH AT THE LONDON STADIUM
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.
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Anita Wlodarczyk: Poland team