Bolt team wins again in Australia

Usain Bolt fired his team of global "All Stars" to victory in the inaugural Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne on Saturday, capping the glitzy event with a dominant win in the 4x100m relay to pip hosts Australia in the final standings.

After restricting himself to a leg of the mixed 4x100m relay on each of the first two nights at Melbourne's packed Lakeside Stadium, the world's fastest man contested the 150m, winning convincingly.

Another Jamaican, Natasha Morrison, ran the final leg to secure victory for the Bolt All Stars and take them to the top of the points table on the night to claim the first Nitro trophy ahead of Australia.

"Tonight came down to the last event and I think everyone in the track and field world really enjoyed this", Bolt, who was paid a seven-figure sum to run in Melbourne and was given a stake in the Series, told reporters on the track.

But meet officials reviewed the decision and ruled that a disqualification was appropriate.

"For me the next step is globalisation in Europe and all around the world", said the eight-time Olympic champion.

"I'm really pleased it has happened here and we now have to figure out what the rest of the journey looks like". Six teams from around the world competed with Australia, England, China, Japan and New Zealand sending it's best athletes.

The All-Stars won last Saturday and after a slow start on Thursday came through again.

"He is just the pinnacle of our sport and he's out there clapping for me", the 18-year-old Kennedy said.

"If we need to do it I'll probably run the 150m".

"I want people to experience what I've experienced, I want people to see what I've seen, to feel the energy".

Bolt, who is expected to retire from the sport at the end of the year, said he wanted to run as often as he could now. I'm not trying to over-think anything or try to stress myself.

"One of the guys was proper cocky saying we're going to win this - and I thought, that's good but it's going to be tough because you don't know how the race is going to play out".

New Zealand's Joseph Miller finished strongly in 15.44 seconds with Confidence Lawson of England third in 15.69.

Organisers were red-faced during Thursday's second instalment when the meeting referee botched the score in the final relay and awarded the night to Australia rather than the "All-Stars", leaving an incredulous Bolt crying foul.

The "All-Stars" finished the team-based meeting with 3,040 points, edging Australia by 77 points, with Bolt playing a key role as both his team's linchpin and the event's "chief entertainment officer".

  • Leroy Wright


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