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TV Coverage Around Australia for tonight’s Nitro Athletics Final

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It is possibly the most anticipated night on the Australian Track & Field calendar and we don’t want you to miss out on a second of the coverage. We have put together the TV coverage guide for the Nitro Athletics Final throughout Australia.

 

Nitro Athletics – Saturday February 11

Sydney                                              7:00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Melbourne                                       9:45pm on Channel 7

Brisbane                                           7:00pm on Channel 7

Adelaide                                            9:15pm on Channel 7

Perth                                                  4:00pm LIVE on Ch 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO

Tasmania                                          9:45pm on Channel 7

Northern Territory                         8:15pm on Channel 7

Team Australia vs Bolt All-Stars – Power Play’s have Changed!

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It’s the final night of the Nitro Athletics series here in Melbourne and the Power Plays have changed from when they were drawn yesterday at Crown. Below are the new Power Plays for the final night.

Final Round Power Plays

  • England – 2 x 300m
  • Japan – 4 x 100m
  • New Zealand Para-Athletics 100m
  • China – Long Jump
  • Australia – 3 Minute Distance Challenge
  • Bolt All-Stars – 150m

 

All teams agreed to the change.

Getting Prepared for the Nitro Athletics Final

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The final night of the Coles Nitro Athletics Series is about to begin and we will have you covered with the rolling updates throughout the night. Check out the results from night one and two below.

Night One
Results Team Points

Night Two
Results Team Points

Power Play’s for Nitro Round Two Revealed

The Coles Nitro Athletics Melbourne is in full swing with night two taking place tomorrow night. The Power Play’s for Round Two have been revealed on a picturesque Melbourne Cricket Ground! You can see which teams drew which power play below:

  • Team Australia – 4x400m
  • Bolt All-Stars – 4x100m
  • Team China – Pole Vault
  • Team Japan – 110m Hurdles
  • Team New Zealand – 2x300m Relay
  • Team England – 100m.

We will be covering the next two meets, so be sure to keep an eye on our social networks for all the latest Nitro information

24 Australians Selected for IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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A team of 24 will represent Australia at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships when it takes place in Uganda early this year.

Athletics Australia has today confirmed the 24 strong team that will be heading to Kampala in Uganda for the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, which will take place on the 26th of March.

The team will be led by Brett Robinson and Anna Kelly after the duo won the Selection Trial in Canberra last month.

Other automatically selected athletes including Stewart McSweyn, Jack Rayner, Emily Ryan and Gemma Maini.

The remaining men’s and women’s teams of six were rounded out by Sam McEntee, Liam Adams, Patrick Tiernan, Bridey Delaney, Lexy Gilmour and Virginia Moloney.

McEntee narrowly missed a top-three place at the Selection Trial and made his Olympic debut in Rio, while Adams is a two-time medallists at the World Student Cross Country Championships. Tiernan has been selected after his stunning victory at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Delaney won the Australian 10,000m Championship to close out her 2016 campaign and come into contention for selection, while Gilmour and Moloney both placed among the top-six at the Selection Trial. Moloney is the current Australian cross-country champion.

The selected teams for the boy’s and girl’s races capture the best placed finishers at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Selection Trial.

BOYS (6): Callum McClusky, Josh Phillips, David Lean, Kieran Tall, Edward Trippas, Zachary Facioini

GIRLS (6): Lauren Ryan Courtney Hopkins, Georgia Evans, Emily Hopper, Amelia Mazza-Downie, Clio Ozanne-Jacques

Usain Bolt Stripped of Gold Medal After Teammate Tests Positive

Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals in a doping case involving teammate Nesta Carter.

The IOC said Wednesday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Carter and Bolt were teammates on the winning 4×100-meter relay team, which also included Michael Frater and Asafa Powell.

“The Jamaican team is disqualified,” the IOC said in a statement. “… the corresponding medals, medalist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.”

The relay title in Beijing completed the first of Bolt’s three gold medal sweeps in the 100, 200 and relay at three straight Olympics.

Trinidad and Tobago is in line to get the gold medal from 2008, Japan could be upgraded to silver, and fourth-place finisher Brazil could get the bronze medal.

Carter testified by videoconference to an IOC disciplinary hearing held in Lausanne on Oct. 17.

The IOC’s ruling states that Carter noted he was taking supplements in 2008 “advised in this respect by his coach, Mr. Stephen Francis.”

“The athlete explained that he had given several samples for doping controls whilst he was taking Cell Tech and Nitro Tech before the 2008 Olympic Games and he had never tested positive for a prohibited substance,” the detailed verdict stated.

“He therefore did not believe that these supplements could contain prohibited substances. He did not understand how methylhexaneamine could have been found in 2016.”

Though methylhexaneamine was not specifically named on the 2008 list of prohibited substances, it “fell within the scope of the general prohibition of stimulants having a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect as the listed stimulants,” the three-member IOC panel wrote.

Carter can appeal the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, the IOC panel already anticipated one challenge in its written verdict.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) has confirmed that the presence or use of substances falling within the scope of generic definitions of the prohibited list, can be used as a basis of establishing anti-doping rules violations,” the verdict said.

By The Associated Press

Olympic Talent at this Years Hunter Track Classic

The 2017 Hunter Track Classic is only a few days away with the men’s 1500 metre and 800 metre races set to be absolute rippers.

The 800 metre race will feature Rio Olympian Peter Bol, the national record holder in Alex Rowe and the New South Wales Champion, Mason Cohen.

The 1500 metre’s is jam packed with Australian representatives. Jordan Gusman goes into the race favourite after a solid first half of the season. Melbourne Track Club’s athlete, Jordan Williamsz, will be looking to do what he couldn’t do at the Steigen Spectacular in December, by taking first place from Gusman. The race also features World Junior representatives in Zak Patterson, Adrian Plummer and Isaac Hockey. World School Cross Country representative Joshua Torley is also in top form and will be vying for a quick time.

The event will be livestreamed across Athletics NSW’s social media channels.

Nitro Athletics Melbourne Schedule Revealed

Next month’s Nitro Athletics is fast approaching and we’ve been slowly receiving more information about how it is all going to look and feel on the night. The people behind the revolutionized Track & Field concept have released the event schedule for each of the three nights of competition.

Have a look below, and tell us what you are most excited about.

Night One: Saturday 4 FebruaryNitro Athletics Nitro Athletics Melbourne Schedule Revealed Night 1

Night Two: Thursday 9 FebruaryNitro Athletics Nitro Athletics Melbourne Schedule Revealed Night 2

Night Three: Saturday 11 February
Nitro Athletics Nitro Athletics Melbourne Schedule Revealed Night 3

Olympians Dominate at Victorian Milers Club

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Rio Olympians Peter Bol and Linden Hall have taken out the Men’s and Women’s 1500 metre races at last night’s Victorian Milers Club meet at Box Hill Athletics Track. Bol lead the way for majority of the race but was challenged continuously by Eddie Vining and Reilly Shaw. It came down to Vining and Bol with fifty metres to go, with Bol eventually crossing the line first in a time of 3:42.35, just ahead of Vining’s 3:42.45.

The women’s A race was a little different with Linden Hall running in a race of her own when pace maker Anneliese Rubie stepped off the track six-hundred metres into the race. In a first for the Victorian Miler’s Club competition, Hall crossed the line in under 4:10 with a time of 4:09.26. Rounding out the top three was Whitney Sharpe (4:21.00) and Georgia Griffith (4:22.46).

Other performances of note on the night were:

  • Anneliese Rubie (NSW) took out the women’s 800 metre A race with a time of 2:03.40, ahead of Sarah Billings (2:04.67) and Abbey De La Motte (2:05.98).
  • Steve Knuckey from St Kevins won the men’s 800 metre A race with a time of 1:48.84, with Christian Davis (1:49.43) crossing the line next, followed by Sam Russell (SA, 1:49.86) in third.

800m Results – 1500m Results

Athletics is in Search of the next Usain Bolt

Athletics is in search of the next Usain Bolt and may have found him in US speedster Jarrion Lawson.

He was compared to the great Jesse Owens when he won the 100m, 200m and long jump titles at the NCAA Championships in 2016, and this year, US athlete Lawson has been picked for Usain Bolt’s All-Stars for Nitro Athletics Melbourne.

In Melbourne the pocket-rocket will be a key weapon for Bolt’s team, both on the track and in the sandpit, where he will launch against Australia’s Diamond League champion Fabrice Lapierre. With a windy 9.90sec (+2.7) and a heat run in Rio with the US 4x100m team after making the final the straight dash at the US Trials, Lawson is multi-talent and well suited to the Nitro Athletics team format.

Eighty years after Owens won his college titles, 22-year-old Lawson, competing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, became the first person since Owens to win the same three NCCA titles exciting the athletics world with his natural sprinting and jumping talent.

In 2016 Lawson made his first Olympic team, qualifying for the long jump at the US Olympic Trials with a personal best leap of 8.58m (w+1.8).

In an incredible long jump final in Rio, sitting in fourth, Lawson’s final jump of the night had seemingly put him into the gold medal position before it was revealed that his trailing finger scraped the sand, reducing his jump and agonisingly finishing in fourth place.

Lawson will join the Bolt All-Stars for Nitro Athletics Melbourne in a series that kicks off next month and will see Australia take on Usain Bolt’s All-Stars, China, England, Japan and New Zealand in a new look athletics format at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium on Saturday 4th, Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th February 2017.

Bolt will be joined by four fellow Olympic champions including Rio 400m hurdles gold medallist Kerron Clement, Jamaican relay teammates Asafa Powell and Michael Frater along with 2008 Olympic hurdles champion Dawn Harper Nelson from the United States.

“Rio was a great experience for me – I loved it,” Lawson said.

“It was my first Olympic experience so I made sure I took every bit of it in. The long jump was a great competition with great competitors. Of course I thought I had won at the end, but that finger kept me from moving onto the medal stand. However, I felt that I did my best, and I captured the moment as best as possible,” Lawson said.

A world junior bronze medallist in 2012, Lawson plans to continue to develop both his sprinting and jumping abilities in the future.

“I plan to make a big leap in my sprinting events. I plan to set some new personal records, and yes, I plan on going under 10 seconds and hopefully under 20 multiple times!”

Coming from a team-minded environment in the college system, Lawson is looking forward to the prospect of a team-based competition at Nitro Athletics.

Given his versatility Lawson will be a huge factor in the Bolt All-Stars line up, with the capacity to sprint, run relays and long jump with world class abilities across a range of events.

“I love the team aspect! I’m a big team player, like I was in college. It makes the sport a little more fun but also keeps the competition at a high level.

“I think I can bring my team background to Usain’s team. I always give my best for myself and for my team.

And I think we will have a decent team. We certainly don’t plan on losing.”

Jarrion Lawson (USA)
Age: 22
Personal Bests: 100m: 10.04        200m: 20.17        Long jump: 8.58m (+1.8)
Titles: Long jump 4th at Rio Olympics, 4 x NCAA Champion (100m, 200m, long jump, 4x100m relay), World Junior Championships Bronze medallist

Set to challenge Lawson will be a team of rising stars of Australian athletics headlined by Olympians and Olympic finalists including Ryan Gregson, Morgan Mitchell, Genevieve LaCaze, Fabrice Lapierre, Brooke Stratton, Kathryn Mitchell and Michelle Jenneke the team also includes Paralympic gold medallist Scott Reardon and bronze medallist Ella Pardy.

Nitro Athletics Melbourne is supported by the Victorian Government and will be broadcast live on the Channel 7, 7mate and PLUS7 Live app.