A 7,000 strong crowd were on hand to watch the inaugural Nitro meet, with the Bolt All Stars taking line honours.
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.”