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Olympic Talent at this Years Hunter Track Classic

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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

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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 February

Night Two: Thursday 9 February

Night Three: Saturday 11 February

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

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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.

Team Australia for Nitro Athletics Announced at 10AM

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Team Australia for the upcoming Nitro Athletics will be announced at 10am today. Who do you think will make the final cut?

MEN (21):
Angus Armstrong
(NSW, jumps), Rohan Browning (NSW, sprints), Cedric Dubler (Qld, sprints, hurdles, jumps), Henry Frayne (Qld, jumps), Tom Gamble (Qld, sprints), Ryan Gregson (Vic, middle distance), Jordan Gusman (ACT, middle distance), Jack Hale (Tas, sprints, jumps), Alex Hartmann (Qld, sprints), Nicholas Hough (NSW, sprints, hurdles), Fabrice Lapierre (NSW, jumps), Kurtis Marschall (SA, jumps), Luke Mathews(Vic, middle distance), Ben Offereins (ACT, sprints), Hamish Peacock (Tas, throws), Scott Reardon (ACT, para-athletics), Jeff Riseley (Vic, middle distance), Brett Robinson (Vic, middle distance), Luke Stevens (Vic, sprints), Aaron Stubbs (Qld, sprints), Jordan Williamsz (Vic, middle distance)


WOMEN (21):

Naa Anang (Qld, jumps, sprints), Zoe Buckman (Vic, middle distance), Raph Corney (Tas, pole vault), Riley Day (Qld, sprints) Linden Hall (Vic, middle distance), Michelle Jenneke (NSW, sprints, hurdles), Genevieve LaCaze (Vic, middle distance), Morgan Mitchell (Vic, sprints), Kathryn Mitchell (Vic, throws), Ella Nelson (NSW, sprints), Ella Pardy (WA, para-athletics), Liz Parnov (WA, jumps), Jessica Peris (NT, sprints), Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT, throws), Anneliese Rubie (NSW, sprints), Heidi See (NSW, middle distance), Brooke Stratton (Vic, jumps), Abbie Taddeo (NSW, sprints, hurdles), Christine Wearne (NSW, sprints), Eloise Wellings (NSW, middle distance), Ash Whittaker (Vic, sprints)

New Balance Launch RunIQ

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Early this morning New Balance launched their first ever wearable device, the RunIQ Smartwatch.

The device was made by New Balance in collaboration with leading digital, hardware and software companies, including Intel, Google, and Strava.

As well as launching RunIQ, New Balance will also debut PaceIQ, a Bluetooth wireless sport headphones with sound by Jabra – the provider of premium sound solutions for sports enthusiasts.

This watch is specifically designed for runners by runners and will help athletes focus on their performance. This watch will feature a built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, lap button, interval capability, and marathon distance battery life to help you get the most out of your run.

Through the collaboration with Strava, RunIQ allows runners to seamlessly upload and share workouts with their global community of athletes.

Well there you have it, the new smartwatch by New Balance. This watch can be pre-ordered now on the New Balance Australia website for $450. It will be shipped on the 1st of February 2017.

Will you be getting this new smartwatch? Tell us why or why not by leaving a comment below. Be sure to subscribe as well for all the latest news from Athletics Exclusive.

Sydney Running Academy Hills at Falls

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Members of the Sydney Running Academy (SRA) are in Victoria for the popular Falls Creek Altitude running camp that hundreds of distance runners attend each year. Check out the video of the SRA members completing one of their hill sessions.

Hale Injured whilst Mitchell, Bee and Johns Through to Gift Finals

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UPDATE 5:05 PM: We have spoken to Jack Hale’s management and can confirm that Jack’s suspected groin injury is just soreness and is nothing major.


Tasmanian Jack Hale has pulled up half way through the heats at the annual Burnie Gift in Tasmania this morning. Tasmanian’s The Advocate reporter Camron Slessor has reported that Hale pulled up with a suspected groin injury.

Morgan Mitchell has progressed through to the final of the women’s gift with a solid run in the semi-final, taking out the third race. Joel Bee and Will Johns have also made it through to the men’s final with strong performances in their separate semi-finals.

The Women’s Burnie Gift final is on at 7:39 PM tonight with the Men’s following straight afterwards at 7:49 PM. The Tasmanian Mile is also on at 8:09 PM with Olympians Ryan Gregson, Zoe Buckman and Genevieve LaCaze all competing.

Athletics Exclusive will have the results once posted tonight.

Event Schedule Live Results

Asafa Powell’s Coming Back to Melbourne for Nitro

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Jamaican Olympic gold medallists Asafa Powell and Michael Frater along with 2008 Olympic hurdles champion Dawn Harper-Nelson from the United States headline the first group of athletes confirmed to join Usain Bolt in the Bolt All-Stars for Nitro Athletics Melbourne.

The trio will be joined by 2008 Olympic 100m silver medallist Richard Thompson from Trinidad and Tobago, American hurdler Ryan Wilson and rising young American sprinter Jenna Prandini who boasts a 100m personal best of 10.92.

Combined the six world-class athletes have nine Olympic medals between them, while Wilson, a world championships bronze medallist in the 110m hurdles from 2013, and Prandini, a world championships 4x100m silver medallist in 2015, have both won NCAA titles.

Prandini starred for Oregon at the NCAA National Championships in 2015 nearly winning a treble of gold medals coming first in the 100m and long jump, while adding a silver medal in the 200m.

The series will see Australia take on the Bolt All-Stars, China, England, Japan and New Zealand in a new look athletics format in Melbourne on Saturday 4th, Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th February 2017.

The announcement coincides with the release of the Bolt All-Stars team logo.  All teams in the Nitro Athletics series will have individual team brands, and the Bolt All-Stars logo sets the tone for the new concept in how athletics is presented. Bolt All-Stars and Nitro Athletics merchandise will be available to purchase soon – and like Bolt is expected to fly out the door.

As team captain Bolt naturally invited his Jamaican compatriots and world-beating relay buddies Powell and Frater who will guarantee Nitro Athletics Melbourne has plenty of speed and power across all three nights.

At this year’s Olympic Games in Rio Powell, a former 100m world record holder, teamed up with Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to win Jamaica a third consecutive Olympic 4x100m relay gold.

Former Olympic champion Harper-Nelson finished ahead of Australia’s hurdles star Sally Pearson at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and was runner-up behind Pearson four years later in London.

One man eager to wear the Bolt All-Stars colours is Powell, who can see the significance of what Nitro Athletics can do for the sport.

“I’ve been in this sport for a long time now and in reality our sport hasn’t changed in presentation for a century,” Powell explained.

“Finally, people that organise events are starting to realise that we need to change with the times. Some meets have made significant changes, but the Nitro series is really pushing the envelope to a whole new level. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Powell hasn’t ruled out a flying lap of Lakeside Stadium’s track in a rare 400m outing, but has one condition if he is called up by Captain Bolt for a relay leg.

“Haha, only if he does first,” Powell laughed.

Harper-Nelson has more than embraced the idea of Nitro Athletics and is keen to share the experience with track and field fans while showing off her elite sprinting talent as she makes her Australian debut.

“One thing I truly like about the Nitro concept is that the athletes will have more interactions with the fans. I love competing but getting to talk with the fans and seeing their appreciation of your talent and hard work has a special place with me,” Harper-Nelson said.

“Nitro can help shine a bigger light on track and field’s personalities. Competing there and having the opportunity to do relays and have less pressure will help a lot of athletes relax and open up to the fans. Showing more of their personalities and have the fans appreciate that side as well.

“I think Usain Bolt will be as he always is, energetic, but he wants to give the fans a good show. He has a good relationship with many of the other athletes so it’ll be a friend leading the pack.”

Further world-class additions will be made to the Bolt All-Stars team while the Australian squad of 42 athletes will be trimmed back to a team of 24 in the New Year.

 

Asafa Powell

Age: 34     Country: Jamaica

Personal bests – 100m: 9.72s 200m: 19.90s 400m 45.94s 60m (i): 6.44sec

Before the great Usain Bolt there was Asafa Powell who is a former world record holder with a 100m personal best of 9.72sec. The Jamaican is a two-time world championships bronze medallist in the 100m and won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Powell has dipped under the 10-second barrier 98 times in his career, by far the most of any athlete in history.

 

Michael Frater

Age: 34     Country: Jamaica

Personal bests – 100m: 9.88sec 200m: 20.63s 60m (i): 6.62s

Teammate and fellow 100m specialist Michael Frater has a world championships silver medal in his locker from 2005 where he finished behind Justin Gatlin in Helsinki. He is a four-time gold medallist at global championships and boasts a 100m personal best of 9.88sec.

 

Dawn Harper-Nelson

Age: 32     Country: United States

Personal bests – 100m hurdles: 12.37sec 100m: 11.90s 60m (i): 7.98s

Harper-Nelson has been a top performer in arguably the most competitive event in track and field in recent years with Olympic gold and silver medals on her resume in the 100m hurdles. The American is also a world championship bronze medallist and has a personal best of 12.37sec which places her equal eleventh on the all-time list.

 

Richard Thompson

Age: 31     Country: Trinidad and Tobago

Personal bests – 100m: 9.82sec 200m: 20.18s 60m (i): 6.51s

Thompson has had a lot of relay success running for Trinidad and Tobago since winning a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 100m behind Bolt’s barnstorming world record run. He is a four-time medallist in the 4x100m relay at a major championship.

 

Jenna Prandini

Age: 24     Country: United States

Personal bests – 100m: 10.92sec 200m: 22.20s Long Jump: 6.80m 60m (i): 7.15s

The youngest of the group is promising American athlete Jenna Prandini who was the 2015 NCAA champion in the 100m running for Oregon. With exceptional personal bests across the board in the 100m (10.92sec), 200m (22.20sec) and long jump (6.80m) she is a perfect addition to the Nitro Athletics series with world-class ability in multiple events. Prandini finished fourth in her semi-final of the 200m at the Rio Olympics this year just behind Australia’s Ella Nelson in a time of 22.55 seconds.

 

Ryan Wilson

Age: 35     Country: United States

Personal bests – 110m hurdles: 13.02sec 400m hurdles: 49.33s 60m (i): 7.75s

American Ryan Wilson won silver in the 110m hurdles at the 2013 world championships in Moscow after he was crowned the national champion in that same year. He is a former NCAA champion with a personal best of 13.02sec.

Tickets are on sale now at www.nitroathletics.com.au

Nitro Athletics Commercial has Arrived

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Nitro Athletics Melbourne is getting closer and the Channel 7 commercial has been released by Athletics Australia. Check it out in the video above.

You are now able to purchase tickets, just head to their website: http://www.nitroathletics.com.au