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London will be hosting a new athletics World Cup event this summer, with eight top nations competing. The inaugural competition is scheduled for 14 and 15 of July, the same weekend as football's World Cup final in Russia and the Wimbledon finals.


Britain and the United States will take part, along with South Africa, Poland, France, China, Germany and Jamaica. One male and one female athlete from each nation will compete in all field and track events up to 1500m. The countries will be competing for the prize of $2 million (£1.42m) over two evening sessions at the London Stadium.


To mark 100 years since British women were given the right to vote, the first edition of the event will see all nations select a female athlete as team captain.


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