Millions at stake for Continental Cup
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
ELEVEN Jamaicans will be among the athletes who will be vying for cash prizes of nearly US$3m (approx J$337,500,000), when the two-day Continental Cup gets underway this Saturday in Marrakesh, Morrocco.
The event, at which athletes will compete for the continents Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, will see the top athlete in individual events getting a top prize of US$30,000 (approx J$3,375,000), the same amount being dished out for the top team in the relays.
A press release from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) also stated that there will be a bonus of US$50,000 (approx. J$5,625,000) for a world-record performance, once it has been ratified.
Prize allocation as follows:
Individual events: first - US$30,000, second - US$15,000 (approx J$1,687,500), third - US$10,000 (approx J$1,125,000), fourth - US$7,000 (approx J$787,500), fifth - US$5,000 (approx. J$562,500), sixth - US$3000 (approx (J$337,500), seventh - US$2000 (approx J$225,000), and eighth - US$1000 (J$112,500).
Relay events: first - US$30,000 ((approx J$3,375,000), second - US$20,000 (J$2,250,000), third - US$10,000 (approx J$1,125,000), fourth - US$8000 (approx J$900,000).
Each team is allowed to enter two athletes for each event, and no athlete will be allowed to double in the 3000 and 5000 metres. In addition, only one athlete from any one country may compete in each individual event.
Team points achieved by men and women will be combined and the overall winner of the IAAF Continental Cup will be the team with the most combined points.
Individual events: first - eight points, second - seven, third - six, fourth - five, fifth - four, sixth - three, seventh - two, and eighth - one point.
Relays: first 15, second 11, third seven and fourth three.
WOMEN: Kaliese Spencer (400mh), Veronica Campbell-Brown (100m), Novlene Williams-Mills (400m), Stephenie McPherson (4x400m), Christine Day (4x400mr), Kimberly Williams (triple jump) and Samantha Henry-Robinson (4x100mr).
MEN: Nesta Carter (100m), Rasheed Dwyer (200m), Odayne Richards (shot put) and Jason Morgan (discus).