07/02/2017

Aussies out for All-Stars revenge in round two of Nitro Athletics

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Luke Mathews and Genevieve LaCaze of Australia celebrate winning the Mixed 3 Minute race during Nitro Athletics at Lakeside Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The second round of the Coles Nitro Athletics Melbourne series on Thursday 9 February will see Team Australia do all they can to atone for the close loss to the Bolt All-Stars on opening night.

Just 30 points separated Team Australia and the All-Stars, as team captain Genevieve LaCaze urged Australian track and field fans to get down to Lakeside Stadium for the remaining two nights of the Coles Nitro Athletics Melbourne.

“The crowd was amazing – we really felt their support,” she said.

“Get down to Lakeside Stadium on Thursday, we want to knock off Bolt’s team and the home corwd support is invaluable.”

Gen herself was a major supporter of her own team, at every opportunity, running alongside her teammates egging them onto victory.

If you missed out on the world premiere last weekend, then Thursday night is the last chance to see the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt run at Lakeside Stadium with ticket allocations exhausted for the final.

The action on the track went by in a flash on Saturday night, just like the Jamaican who stormed down the back straight in the final event to help his side edge the well-supported locals to finish the night on top of the ladder.

Not even a second-place finish in that relay for Australia, who earned double points with their power play, could prevent an inevitable All-Stars win that sent the 7039 fans who came to watch the King into a frenzy.

Team Points
Bolt All-Stars 1080
Australia 1050
China 845
Japan 810
New Zealand 795
England 795

Fans can expect Bolt and most of the other athletes to be running a different event on Thursday night as teams compete for the seeding of the final on Saturday 11 February.

“Yeah it was a lot of fun,” Bolt said after his relay win on night one.

“I was excited to run, and next week we might change it up just for the fun of it.

“I really enjoyed it, even the elimination mile race for me was just spectacular.

“For me, this is what I expected and over time we’ll figure out ways to make it better but it’s started off good and we’ll be looking forward to the weekend even better.”

There will be a few different events on the schedule for Thursday night, including the 100m which is likely to include former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell for the Bolt All-Stars.

Round two will kick-off at 7:00pm with a mixed 4x400m relay and later feature the very popular 3-minute distance challenge from night one, which had the crowd on their feet with excitement.