Written by on February 13, 2017

Spring king Usain Bolt led his team to victory at the inaugural Nitro Athletics in Australia.

Held over 3 days at the Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne Australia, the Nitro Athletic series, was touted as a blend of traditional and modernized track and field events, designed to provide more than 2 hours of non-stop action.

The 12 events that took place during the series included a mixed-gender relays, an elimination mile, a target javelin, and a 60m sprint.

Points were awarded for each placing, ranging from 100 points to the winning team down to 40 for the 6th and last place finisher, with a trophy awarded on the final day.

Bolt’s All-Stars – which included compatriot Asafa Powell and athletes from Kenya and the U.S., competed against teams representing Australia, China, England, Japan, and New Zealand.

Maintaining a lead from day 1, the All-Stars finished in 1st place ahead of host Australia, although Bolt himself only participated in 3 of the events – the mixed 4x100m relay to close out the first and last days of competition, and the 150m -which he easily won.

Usain Bolt was paid 7 figures to compete and has equity in Nitro Athletics, which is majority owned by Athletics Australia (AA). Together their goal is take the series global as other cities have already expressed serious interest, and Bolt has already committed to leading his All Stars team again in 2018 and 2019.


PhotoCred: Reuters

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