Usain Bolt races in the 150m and 4x100m relay to help his team to victory in Melbourne, while England’s Erin McBride and James Arnott are also among the winners
Usain Bolt helped his Bolt All-Stars team to victory in the inaugural Coles Nitro Athletics Melbourne series on Saturday (February 11) as he won the 150m and also formed part of the winning mixed 4x100m relay team at the Lakeside Stadium.
At the end of the three-meeting series, hosts Australia were second, while the England team placed fourth.
While Bolt won the 150m in 15.28, England’s Erin McBride and James Arnott clocked 12.87 and 11.01 respectively to win the 100m ambulatory events.
Bolt also teamed up with 60m winners Jenna Prandini and Asafa Powell plus Jeneba Tarmoh to win the relay event in 40.45 from England’s 42.08.
“It was brilliant, it was exciting, it was different and every night came down straight to the wire,” Bolt said.
“Tonight it came down to the last event, it was a brilliant excitement and I think everyone in the track and field world really enjoyed this.
“I knew this is what track and field needed, the energy and the vibe – everybody I talked to really enjoyed it.”
Another of the top performances came from 16-year-old Australian sprinter Riley Day who won the 150m ahead of a field including 2015 world 4x100m champion Natasha Morrison from Jamaica.
“I’m just, speechless,” Day said.
“I was not expecting that to be honest, I was just trying to catch the girls in front of me and I’m really happy with that run.”
A new event for the series featured on the final night and the mixed 2x100m hurdles relay was won by Japan, with China coming second.
Australia’s Luke Stevens held off reigning Olympic 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement in the mixed 2x300m relay.
Full results from the final meeting can be found here.