The IAAF is deeply saddened to hear that Kenya’s 1998 world half marathon champion Paul Koech died on Tuesday (4) after a short illness at the age of 49.
The 13th episode of this season's IAAF Inside Athletics is available to watch online now and features an exclusive interview with US sprinter Phyllis Francis.
Asia-Pacific will be looking for maximum points from Brandon Starc who arrives in Ostrava riding the best momentum of any high jumper on the planet.
Maria Lasitskene's winning streak of 46 competitions ended this year with a third-place finish in Rabat, but apart from that one slip-up, her form has been impeccable with world indoor, European and IAAF Diamond League titles added to her resume in 2018.
In a stellar field that includes world champion Sam Kendricks of the United States and France’s world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie, the form athlete is the rising 21-year-old talent of Timur Morgunov, the authorised neutral athlete who will partner the 31-year-old Frenchman in the cause of Europe.
Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi should prove tough to beat in her bid to crown a superb year. Despite a shaky start to the season, the world and Olympic champion added her second European crown in Berlin last month before solidifying her supremacy with the IAAF Diamond League title in Zurich last week, where she cleared 4.87m.
In a strong field without a clear favourite, every team has an athlete capable of challenging for victory in this event.
The world's top triple jumper of recent years, Caterine Ibarguen, has given the long jump more focus this year to great effectt.
World and Olympic champion Christian Taylor of the United States should see the Americas through to victory, especially as he will feel he has a point to prove after missing out on a seventh IAAF Diamond League title in Brussels last Friday.
Olympic champion and serial serial winner Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia has already put together an astonishing finale to her season by winning the Diamond trophy in her most familiar event in Zurich before going on to Brussels the next day to secure another trophy in the long jump.
The top four men on this season's world list will be attendance, making this one of the most competitive events of the weekend.
World champion Gong Lijiao starts as favourite in a field that includes five of the top six women on this year's world lists.
Much like it has been on the circuit all year, the men’s discus looks an open affair at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.
It will come as a major surprise if anyone manages to defeat Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, who has ruled this event with such ruthless brilliance in recent years.
Wojciech Nowicki of Poland looks one of Europe’s strongest hopes for gold given the way he has dominated the men’s hammer this season. He tops the world list with 81.85m, more than 70 centimetres clear of his compatriot, world champion Pawel Fajdek, whom he beat to the European title in Berlin last month.
Anita Wlodarczyk had a disappointing start to the season with two losses, her first since 2014, but since then, the world record-holder has been her usual dominant self.
Germany's Thomas Rohler starts as clear favourite of the event. The Olympic champion and world all-time No.3 has been in excellent form again this year. While his 91.78m season's best has been bettered by two of his compatriots this year, Rohler has had a string of consistent results, capped by the European title in Berlin.
Home hopes will rest with Nikola Ogrodnikova of the Czech Republic, but the European silver medallist faces a formidable challenge as she bids to go one better against the world’s best at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.
The Americas team will start favourites for the men’s sprint relay, which will conclude the first day of action at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.
With three of the four women who propelled Great Britain & Northern Ireland to gold at last month's European Championships in their ranks, Team Europe will prove difficult to beat.