Tonight will see South Australian Long Jumper Henry Franye compete for Asia-Pacific in the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup! Franye recently placed third in the Diamond League Final!
The IAAF Continental Cup is a team competition that involves Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia-Pacific. Two athletes represent each continent in every event, earning points towards an overall combined ranking which determines the winners. But this year there is new competition format in Ostrava.
Read about the new format of the IAAF Continental Cup below - We see a few similarities with our new Synergy League
Team captains will play jokers
Although team captains – or Ambassadors – do not compete, they may actively influence the final score – and not only by giving athletes useful pieces of advice or encouragement. “The captains will have two jokers to put on one male and one female athlete on each day of the competition. If that nominated athlete wins, the team will gain a double number of points,” says Varhaník. The Ambassadors are: Colin Jackson (Europe), Mike Powell (Americas), Jana Pittman (Asia-Pacific), Nezha Bidouane (Africa). See later for more details on these four.
Team ranking is determined according to the ranking of both athletes representing each continent in individual events. Teams receive points in 8–6–4–2 format for each event.
Throwers and horizontal jumpers must earn fourth or fifth attempts
Each athlete in the long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus throws, hammer throw or javelin throw has three attempts. Only the best representative from each continent will go on for a fourth effort. Depending on the fourth attempt result, only the two best athletes will make a fifth (and final) attempt, which will decide the overall winner.
Elimination races on the track
Both the 3000 metres and the 3000 metres steeplechase will be an elimination race. All eight competitors run the first 1400 metres (three and half laps) together. After that, the last runner through each lap will be eliminated. As a result, only four runners will reach the last lap. Having said that, eliminated runners also score points, depending on which lap they are knocked out.
“Gender tactics” in the mixed relay
Two men and two women will represent each continent in 4 x 400 metres mixed relay. They can be selected in any order, which means captain’s decisions may prove critical. “I believe IAAF Continental Cup in this new form will meet expectations and will be a magnificent spectacle for all,” said Varhanik. “We are delighted to be part of the ongoing changes in athletics and also to see that the IAAF agreed on some of our suggested competition rules changes.”
More details here:
Henry Frayne - Long Jump
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