Team captain Usain Bolt holds the trophy aloft after his All Stars won the team event
Usain Bolt and his All Stars completed a clean sweep of the inaugural Nitro Athletics series on Saturday, with Bolt winning the 150m race in his only solo appearance of the three-night meet.
With Asafa Powell and Bolt – the former and current 100m world record holders – running the opening two legs of the deciding 4×100-meter mixed relay, the All Stars ensured they made up a 38-point deficit on Australia to finish first overall in the team event that also included England, Japan, New Zealand and China.
Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt won the 150 in 15.28 seconds.
Bolt sprays champagne on the teams from England and Australia at the end of the meet
The Nitro meet featured mixed relays, sprints over non-traditional distances and elimination mile races where the last-placed runner at the end of each lap was eliminated.
‘I’m happy, that was great,’ All Stars captain and coach Bolt said after the team win. ‘I said “we were going to push, we were going to push” and that’s what we did.’
On Friday, IAAF president Sebastian Coe said he was a big fan of the Nitro concept.
‘I saw engagement, I saw fun and laughter and that’s what the sport has been missing for a long time,’ Coe said. ‘It was a terrific start.
Bolt appeared to enjoy his appearance at the inaugural Nitro Athletics series in Australia
… and enjoys a moment with Australian athlete Genevieve LaCaze
‘It’s an obvious thing to say but unless we innovate we’re going to become less and less relevant and we can’t afford to do that.’
Nitro was developed by former Australian 400-meter runner John Steffensen and Athletics Australia, while Bolt is also a key figure and holds an equity stake in the concept.
The event – with Bolt headlining – is likely to return to Australia in 2018.