26 August 2014
Four NSW athletes named for the
lucrative Continental Cup
The Asian Athletics Association and
Oceania Athletics today announced the Asia-Pacific team for the 2014 IAAF
Continental Cup to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco on September 13 and 14.
Four NSW athletes named in the team
4x400m Rubie, Jessica Thornton (SOS)
Rising teenager, Sydney’s Jessica
Thornton has been selected in Australia’s 4x400m relay team. Thornton, just 16,
who ran a significant personal best of 52.50 a few nights ago to win the 400
metres at the Youth Olympics Games in China, becomes the youngest Oceania
athlete to compete at the World/Continental Cup, since Debbie Wells in 1977 – 37
Significant prizemoney is on offer
for the only global outside track and field titles in 2014 with winners earning
US$30,000 and a total of prizemoney pool of US$73,000 for each event.
The team is combined with Asia,
making it a very competitive unit. At the last Continental Cup, held in Split,
Croatia in 2010, the Asia-Pacific team were locked in a battle with Africa for
third place. The very last event, the men’s 4x400m relay would decide third
place, with Africa edging Asia-Pacific.
The team includes recent IAAF World
Champions Valerie Adams (NZL) and Sally Pearson (AUS) who will travel to
Marrakesh as defending Continental Cup champions.
As a teenager Valerie Adams arrived
at the 2002 World Cup in Madrid with a shot put best of 17.73m. “My first
World Cup was in 2002 and I have very fond memories of it,” recalled Adams who
placed sixth with 18.40m. “I threw a
massive PB and it was the first time competing against the big girls. I
thoroughly enjoyed it and the team was amazing.”
She went on to win in 2006 and 2010
titles and has been selected for the 2014 event. “I am looking forward to my
fourth World Cup and representing Oceania and Asia/Pacific with pride.”
Only a few athletes have won three
World/Continental Cup titles and Adams will start favourite in Marrakesh to
join this select group that includes one of the greats, US 400m hurdler Edwin
Yvonne Mullins, Oceania Executive
Director “The Oceania Area is once again delighted to join forces with the
Asian Area for the 2014 Continental Cup.
The selection of this year’s team has been far smoother than in 2010
when we were in our first combined Asia/Pacific team. This year we are hoping
to take it up to the other Teams and be highly competitive, with a number of
World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champions making up our final team selection.”
Facts about the IAAF Continental Cup
DATES: Sat/Sun 13/14 September
VENUE: Marrakesh, Morocco
TEAMS: Four teams with two competitors from each.
Teams: Africa, Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific
FORMAT: Two day meet with most events included
Individual Events: 1st US$30k, 2nd
$15k, 3rd $10k, 4th $7k, 5th $5k, 6th $3k, 7th $2k, 8th $1k
Relays: 1st US$30k, 2nd $20k, 3rd
$10k, 4th $8k.
SCORING: Individual events 1st - 8pts down to 8th -
Relays 1st – 15pts, 2nd - 11pts, 3rd
– 7 pts, 4th – 3 pts
MEET HISTORY: First 10 editions
titled World Cup from 1977 to 2006. 11th edition (2010) and 12th edition (2014)
titled Continental Cup.
INAUGURAL MEET: The 1977 World Cup
was the first IAAF global track and field competition to be held. It has now been followed by World
Championships, World Indoors, World Juniors and Youth Championships.
1985 WORLD CUP: The only occasion it
was held in Asia-Pacific was in 1985 when Australian capital city Canberra hosted
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Dani Samuels (image courtesy of Getty Images)