Written by on February 7, 2017

The first of Usain Bolt’s Australian Nitro Series has been deemed a success.

Held at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium last Saturday, the premiere meet of the Nitro Athletics series, featured 6 teams competing in non-traditional track and field events.

Following the new fast paced, TV friendly, format of Twenty20 cricket, Nitro delivered an exciting, high energy competitive event, different from any other track and field meet.

In a party-like atmosphere with music, strobe lights, dancers, flame throwers and shooting fire balls, it non-traditional track and field events began with a medley relay of two men and two women running 200, 400, 600 and 800.

There was also a hybrid 2x300m event, a mixed three-minute race – women running for three minutes then men beginning where they finished, and an elimination mile, where the last runner of each lap is cut until three runners are left for the last lap.

5 teams competed in series against Usain Bolt’s All Stars Team, including teams from England, Japan, and New Zealand team.

Bolt – who is a financial partner in the Nitro series, played captain and cheerleader to his team for the majority of the meet, and only competed in the finale event, running second leg of a mixed 4x100m relay.

The Nitro series marks Usain Bolt’s first run of the year and first ever in Australia. His All Stars team – which included compatriot Asafa Powell, won the event with 1080 point to second place Australia’s 1050 points.

Nearly selling out the 8500 capacity stadium, the more than 7000 patrons make the largest crowd for a sporting event in Melbourne’s history.

It was also broadcast live throughout Australia and to more than 10 countries around the world including Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the U.S., and the U.K.

The remaining two Nitro Series meets will be held at the same stadium this Thursday and Saturday.

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