Three jam-packed nights of unique athletics competition have been announced as Nitro Athletics Melbourne reveals the show schedule ahead of the series that is set to revolutionise track and field.
The event list for each night can be seen below. There are no start times for each event as the show is fluid and will run from 7.00pm-9.30pm each night. Event will be conducted in the order listed.
Six international teams will compete in a wide range of re-packaged versions of traditional events along with a range of modified events that will showcase track and field in a new light classified in four disciplines of teamwork, power, technique and endurance.
Live music and pre-event entertainment will also be a part of the program, as each night twelve events will be held including mixed medley relays, a three-minute distance challenge, target javelin, an elimination mile and the increasingly popular hurdles relays on the final night.
Headlined by the fastest man in the world, nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, Nitro Athletics will be held at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium on the Saturday 4, Thursday 9 & Saturday 11 February 2017.
Teams include Australia, China, Japan, England, New Zealand and the Bolt All-Stars made up of 24 world-class athletes hand-picked by the great man himself.
Spokesperson for the event and 2006 Commonwealth Games 400m champion John Steffensen is more than confident that the schedule will offer maximum entertainment in a timely manner.
“We’re very excited, the format of Nitro it’s action packed,” Steffensen said.
“It’s packaged for television, which is something that athletics needs.
“Everyone knows if you go to an Olympic program it’s long, it’s so long, there’s a lot of events in athletics.
“We’ve managed to pack it in and make it interactive with a little bit of game play, a bit like what you’ve seen with Fast5 netball and Twenty20 cricket.
Points will be awarded to teams after every event that will go towards their ladder position at the end of night one and two.
Where teams are placed on the ladder from the first two evenings of competition will be combined to determine their seeding for the final.
“It is something different, a fresh concept of athletics in Australia,” Olympic finalist long jumper Brooke Stratton said at the launch of the Team Australia.
“I’m extremely excited for it, it’s not often you get to compete in a team based event as well, so I think it will be awesome.
“Having it on television will be great as well, hopefully a lot of people get along and get involved.”
Even the traditional mile race has been re-incarnated into an elimination race for the series, where the last-placed runner at the end of laps one, two and three will be removed from the race.
A number of the relays on show over the three nights will see men and women compete with and against each other, undoubtedly making tactics an important factor.
Bolt, who will be running on all three nights of competition, will be joined by a number of Olympic and world champions along with a selection of Australian track and field stars who will each be well suited to the Nitro Athletics format.
Those competing include Olympic 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement, former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and 2008 Olympic 100m hurdles champion Dawn Harper-Nelson.
Nitro Athletics will also have multiple world-class para-athletes competing in the series, including multiple Paralympic champions and world record holders such as Australian sprinter Scott Reardon.
Note – event schedules are subject to change.