Athletics World Cup
|Qualification||IAAF World Championships in Athletics|
|Official website||Official website|
|2018 Athletics World Cup|
The inaugural edition featured eight national teams based on world rankings, with each team entering one athlete per event, and points gained on the basis of finishing position. Although the majority of world championship events were contested, no races over 1500 metres were held, and no road events or multi-events were on the program. The competition focused on an overall team prize, the Platinum Trophy and Platinum team medals, but individual gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in each individual event.
While the event is organised outside of the official IAAF structures, the IAAF has expressed support for the event notwithstanding the existence of its own IAAF Continental Cup event.
|Maximum points||Winner||Winner's score|
|1||2018||London||United Kingdom||14–15 July||London Stadium||34||272||United States||219|
The competition featured just 8 nations taking part in all events over two days. Each nation entered one male and one female athlete in every event in a straight final format. For its inaugural event, all nations' captains were female in celebration of 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the United Kindgdom.
In 2018, the following events were contested: 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres, 100 metre hurdles (women), 110 metre hurdles (men), 400 metre hurdles, 4 x 100 metres relay, 4 x 400 metres relay, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, hammer throw, pole vault and high jump.
The following eight nations competed in 2018:
These nations were selected from the top performing nations at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics over the World Cup events. Traditional distance-running powers, Kenya and Ethiopia, were ranked among the first eight nations in the placing table overall at the 2017 Championships, but were not invited as they finished outside the top eight when considering only World Cup events.
On 20 June 2018, Sky Sports were announced as the host broadcaster within the UK and Ireland. They exclusively broadcast both evenings of the competition and also produced the world feed for other nations.
- BBC Sport. 2018-02-05.
- "Placing table – IAAF World Championships London 2017". iaaf.org. Retrieved 16 August 2017.