Caster Semenya has been the dominant force on the circuit again this year, extending her victory streak to 28, dating back almost three years.
Once again it appears a major men’s 1500m race will boil down to a clash between two family dynasties: the Manangois of Kenya and the Ingebrigtsens of Norway.
USA's Shelby Houlihan has made a major breakthrough this year and will arrive in Ostrava as the fastest woman in the 1500m field.
Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew, representing Asia-Pacific, and US runner Paul Chelimo, representing the Americas, look the two likely leaders here. Both men chased home Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in the hottest 3000m race of the season so far at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, with Balew finishing second in 7:34.26 – the second fastest time run this year – and Chelimo fourth, both in the race and the list, with 7:34.83.
This event will bring together the two athletes who produced what was arguably the most dramatic conclusion to any women’s distance event this season, Hellen Obiri of Kenya and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.
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.