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At the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich last Thursday, Kenya’s world and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, despite having lost his left shoe a minute and a half into the race, outsprinted the 22-year-old Moroccan whom he had beaten to world gold the year before to retain his title, Soufiane El Bakkali.
After taking a whopping eight seconds off the world record this year with 8:44.32 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco, Beatrice Chepkoech will start as the favourite in Ostrava.
Europe will be looking for a 1-2 finish here, courtesy of authorised neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov, the world leader, and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France, the European champion.
After piecing together an impressive season, world record-holder Kendra Harrison will arrive in this eastern Czech city difficult to beat. Harrison has won seven of her nine competitions including the notoriously difficult US title as well as NACAC top honors and leads the world at 12.36.
The event has provided some of the biggest highlights of this year's IAAF Diamond League circuit and with the main protagonists all in action in Ostrava, more fireworks can be expected.
Shamier Little, beaten to the Diamond trophy in Zurich last Thursday by her US colleague Dalilah Muhammad, the Olympic champion, will want to end her season on a winning flourish.
Just four days ahead of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018, many of the athletes set to compete in the Czech city showed strong form at the Hanzekovic Memorial, part of the IAAF World Challenge, in Zagreb on Tuesday (4).
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.