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.”
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist was ready to walk away from the sport, before being inspired by Lydia Lassila’s documentary.
The Australian junior 100m record holder is in awe of Bolt, and is focusing on the 2018 Commonwealth Games over this year’s World Championships.
Carter ran the opening leg of the 4x100m relay in Beijing, but tested positive for methylhexamine when his doping sample was re-analysed.
Four Australians – Nina Kennedy, Naa Anang, Brittany McGowan and Matthew Ramsden – form part of the line up.
In her first race since the Olympic Games, Lauren Wells broke Pam Ryan’s longstanding record in the rarely run 200m hurdles.
The 22-year-old recently took out the NCAA Cross Country title, and hopes to reach the world championships qualifier of 27:45 in tonight’s race.
An Australian squad of 42 – to be whittled down to 24 – has been picked for Nitro Athletics. Mel Breen joins Sally Pearson in snubbing the series, while Australia’s top four performers in Rio also won’t be part of the new entertainment product.
Nitro Athletics has been described as a game changer and with your support, it will be. This is a new product and whilst some elements have been tried before, it will be the first time that all these have been brought together in this way. We certainly do not have a monopoly on good ideas and we don’t have all the answers. We are very open to your feedback and suggestions. – Athletics Australia CEO, Phil Jones
– England, Japan and China to enter teams
– Selection process for 12 men and 12 women to represent Australia to be announced soon
– Other Aussies may be selected in Usain Bolt’s team
– Victorian government funding the event to be based in Melbourne for first 3 years
Is access to Melbourne’s main athletics track in jeopardy again? South Melbourne FC have a 40 year lease to Lakeside Stadium and are bidding to join the A-League.
“From an audience perspective, athletics can be a challenging sport to watch because there are lots of events going on at once and lots of statistics, so we want to simplify it down to a team-based event with a running point score that will add excitement and context to every event.’’ – Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib
The 2012 Olympic 100m hurdles champion ran 7.43 (+0.0) over 60m and was second behind 16-year-old Riley Day over 150m, 17.95 to 17.60 (+0.0).
Jordan Gusman clocked a meet record of 7:54.72 to take the win, with Victoria Mitchell winning the women’s race in 9:15.77.
From next season Little Athletics will use the calendar year to determine age groups, bringing it into line with Athletics Australia competition.
After a frantic few months where AA hired a team of consultants to try to find the cash to lure Bolt — he comes with a $1 million-plus price tag — a deal was finally signed off on the night before Friday’s official launch.
Nitro Athletics will not just feature traditional events – and will include a mix of power, endurance, technique and teamwork disciplines across sprints, distance, field and para-athletics events. Mixed events and relays will also feature in the Nitro program as team’s battle for points and the Nitro Athletics Melbourne crown.
Night one and the final of Nitro Athletics Melbourne will feature the same program with the Thursday night program offering a selection of alternative events.
Athletics Australia are scrambling to pull together the new Nitro series in time but securing Usain Bolt is the first and most important signing.