Competitions Archive


Historically, World Athletics has presented several other Competitions which are now discontinued. A brief history of these competitions is presented below.


For current competitions, please visit our main competitions page.


World Athletics U18 Championships

LAST EVENT: 12-16 JULY 2017, Nairobi, KEN
The World Athletics U18 Championships brought together the best youth athletes from around the world to compete against each other on the global stage. It gave 16- and 17-year-old competitors a valuable first experience of a world championships. Typically, up to 1600 athletes and officials from 165 national federations took part. The five-day event was generally staged in July, every odd year. The 2017 edition was the last one.



World Athletics Continental Cup

Formerly known as the World Cup, this event changed format and name in 2010 to become the Continental Cup. This premier team competition of world athletics sees the greatest talents on earth compete, not for individual medals, but to accumulate points for their continental teams. The Continental Cup is contested by mixed teams representing Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The event takes place over two or three days and is held generally in September, every four years. The 2018 edition was the last one.

World Athletics Half Marathon Championships

LAST EVENT: 17 OCTOBER 2020, Gdynia, POL
Road running’s international elite competed against the backdrop of the some of the world’s most attractive locations in this annual event. First held in 1992, the event includes men’s and women’s races with individual and team honours at stake. It was usually held on public roads, often with the addition of a public mass entry race, every even year.

World Athletics Challenge

LAST EVENT: 20 JUN 2019 Ostrava, CZE
The World Challenge was a one day meeting and the second tier of World Athletics' global invitational track and field meeting competition structure, which was set up in 2010. The World Challenge was composed of meetings spread across Asia, Europe, South America and NACAC, each offering $200,000 in prize money.

World Athletics Challenge - Hammer Throw

LAST EVENT: 27 SEP 2019 - 06 OCT 2019 Doha, QAT
The World Athletics Challenge - Hammer Throw was an annual worldwide competition series for the hammer in which athletes accumulated points towards a final ranking and shared more than US$200,000 in prize money.