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Four NSW athletes named for the lucrative Continental Cup

Four NSW athletes named for the lucrative Continental Cup

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Tuesday, 26 August 2014/Categories: News

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 were:

400m                      Anneliese Rubie (SYU)       

5000m                   Eloise Wellings (SUT)          

DT                           Dani Samuels (WES)            

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 years ago.


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 Moses.



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 - 1pts

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 the meet.


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Dani Samuels (image courtesy of Getty Images)


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