MEN: 100m (1.7) Trae Williams 10.27, Aaron Bresland 10.39, Alex Hartmann 10.40 [Heats: Josh Clarke 10.22 (1.6)] 200m (-1.2) Tom Gamble 20.74, Alex Hartmann 20.99 [Heats: Gamble 20.61 (0.9), Craig Burns 20.88w (2.7)] 800m Brad Mathas 1:46.97, Peter Bol 1:46.99, Stephen Knuckey 1:47.23 1500m Jordan Gusman 3:43.05 110m H (2.0) Nick Hough 13.59, Joshua Hawkins 13.81, Justin Merlino 13.96 400m H Ian Dewhurst 50.75, Michael Cochrane 51.25 Long Jump Christopher Mitrevski 7.83m (1.8), Shemiah James 7.70m (1.8) Triple Jump Alwyn Jones 16.01m w (2.8), Alex Lorraway 16.01m w (2.8) High Jump Joel Baden 2.20m
Kurtis Marschall equalled his PB with a 5.70m clearance at the South Australia Championships.
Ryan Gregson extended his stellar form with a close second place over 1500m in Birmingham. His 3:36.50 was half a second outside of the world championships qualifier, and a new national indoor record. Zoe Buckman ran 2:39.47 for a new 1000m indoor record, while Genevieve LaCaze ran 8:45.81 over 3000m and Sally Pearson was again third over 60m hurdles, in 7.96.
— Ryan Gregson (@RyanGregson25) February 18, 2017
Sally Pearson finished third for her third consecutive indoor meet, running 7.92 seconds. She’s set to have one more indoor race, before running the Queensland Championships, where she is entered in the 100m and the 100m hurdles.
The Bolt All Stars took a clean sweep of the series that brought athletics back to the masses. There’s hopes of Nitro expanding internationally, but some are questioning whether the concept could work without Bolt.
The second instalment of the Nitro Athletics Series ended in farce in Melbourne on Thursday, with a referee error that initially awarded the Australia team top ranking for the night by mistake, leaving headline athlete Usain Bolt fuming.
Jack Hale to run the back straight in the 4x100m to possibly line up against Usain Bolt, with Fabrice Lapierre and Michelle Jenneke also coming into the team.
A chance Hale will go head-to head with Asafa Powell in the 100m. Sprinting conditions are looking good, and Powell would be looking for a sub-10 second clocking if he lines up.
And some changes to the Aussie line up, with Ryan Gregson running the Elimination Mile, Alex Hartmann lining up in the 4x400m and with Genevieve LaCaze being rested, Linden Hall running the 3 minute challenge and Heidi See running the Elimination Mile.
The 2008 Olympic gold medallist was due to compete in Nitro Athletics, but has been handed a 3 month ban for a diuretic found in blood pressure medication.
The Sydney Cricket Ground are interested in hosting a Nitro Athletics meet, which are currently planned to be held in Melbourne for the next 3 years.
NCAA champion Patrick Tiernan and Brett Robinson (28th at world XC in 2015) lead a squad of 24 athletes for the biennial championships to be held in Kampala, Uganda.
“I think in the end it turned into a bit of a 5k guys race just with the stop-start nature of it and I thought I’d have the kick in the final bit – but gee when you’ve done three laps of fartlek and then you’ve got to try and go it just didn’t turn out that well.”
The Age’s Michael Gleeson is a bit more circumspect, labelling the night ‘a qualified success’ and that the concept should be judged after the third event.
Usain Bolt will run in the mixed gender 4x100m on the opening night of Nitro, presumably on the final leg. Australian junior record holder Jack Hale will anchor Australia, with Christine Wearne, Riley Day and Alex Hartmann running the first three legs.
Australian athletics’s glamour couple lead the team for Nitro Athletics, with Fabrice Lapierre as manager and Nic Bideau as coach.
Great analysis of the state of Australian and global athletics by The Age’s Michael Gleeson.
“In gambling terms AA has gone all in on Nitro and some fear for the outcome of that gamble.But it was really no gamble at all for AA for if Nitro was not tried and allowed to succeed the sport would surely fail. There was no money for a domestic national season this year so the idea of continuing to do what had been tried and failed was no longer a choice. The option then was to pare back and become smaller and even less relevant. That too was not a choice.”