Usain Bolt set to light up Nitro Athletics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Mens 200m final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Channel 7, 7TWO, 7mate and PLUS7

Seven is set to broadcast the fresh take on track and field, Nitro Athletics, that will see teams from Australia, New Zealand, England, China and Japan compete against world renowned athletes in Usain Bolt’s All Stars team – a team of athletes handpicked by Bolt himself.

The showcase event features new rules such as the Nitro Power Play and Nitro Turbo Charge, allowing teams to double their points and steal other teams’ points, adding a strategic element to the competition.

Team Australia features Rio 2016 Olympic finalists Morgan Mitchell, Genevieve LaCaze, Ryan Gregson and Fabrice Lapierre. Mitchell was unbeaten in the women’s 400m during the Australian domestic season leading up to the Rio Olympics where she made the 400m semi-finals as well as the 4x400m final.

Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, will feature as the captain for the Bolt All Stars alongside Asafa Powell and Michael Frater from Jamaica, Jenna Prandini and Ryan Wilson from the USA and Rio 400m hurdles gold medallist Kerron Clement.

2008 Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will captain Team England and strongly believes Nitro Athletics will branch out and appeal to the general sporting population.

“I really do think Nitro is going to be a huge success and I think everybody around the world is watching to see how it goes,” Ohuruogu said.

“I honestly think it will be a success because the athletes are looking forward to it.

“If the athletes are happy and willing to participate and to take part and willing to put on a show it will be a good event.”

The event will be spread across three action filled nights at Lakeside Stadium with a range of track and field events categorized and based on power, technique, endurance and teamwork.


Broadcast times:

Nitro Athletics Melbourne – Saturday February 4

Sydney                                              7:00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth                                                 4:00pm LIVE on Channel 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO

Northern Territory                       8:15pm on Southern Cross

Brisbane                                          7:00pm Channel 7

Adelaide                                           7:30pm on Channel 7

Melbourne                                       9:45pm on Channel 7

Tasmania                                          9:45pm on Southern Cross


Nitro Athletics – Thursday February 9

Sydney                                              7:00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne                                      7:00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide                                           7:30pm LIVE on 7mate

Perth                                                 4:00pm LIVE on 7mate

Tasmania                                         7:00pm LIVE on Southern Cross

Northern Territory                        5:30pm LIVE on 7mate

Brisbane                                           6:00pm LIVE on 7mate


Nitro Athletics – Saturday February 11

Sydney                                              7:00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Melbourne                                       9:45pm on Channel 7

Brisbane                                           7:00pm on Channel 7

Adelaide                                            9:15pm on Channel 7

Perth                                                  4:00pm LIVE on Ch 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO

Tasmania                                          9:45pm on Southern Cross

Northern Territory                         8:15pm on Channel 7


Note: Nitro Athletics Melbourne will also will be available on the Plus7 Live App. Check local guides for all telecast details.