Gabby Logan introduces highlights of this third and final evening from the Lakeside Stadium, which sees Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu captain a youthful England side.
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Hello and welcome back to Melbourne for the grand final of Nitro
Athletics, which could bring a whole new audience to the sport. Usain
Bolt's All-Stars have taken on five national teams, and so far, there's
been some great competition. COMMENTATOR: The best start possible
for the Nitro series. What a team. Does it brilliantly. England have
come from nowhere. They have got to get Boscombe of the track here,
because it will be chaos if they don't. Look at the excitement from
the big boys. It's in! It's in! We are winners. I keep telling you,
John. It is what we do. With the first two rounds completed, we have
now reached the sell-out grand final, where points per team are
more important than ever. Six teams of 12 female and 12 male athletes go
head-to-head over three evenings of competition. Traditional disciplines
sit alongside more innovative events. I think China might be
going. Points are awarded according to position, with the emphasis on
team performances. Bonus points are available in some field events, and
each team can use power play to double their points in a nominated
event. The team with the most points at the end of the evening will win
the Nitro Athletics World Cup. Let us know what you thought of it so
far via Twitter. Let's get over to your Australian commentators now to
describe the action, and Rob Clancy to talk you through the events.
Here's how the teams are placed after the first two nights of
competition, with the Usain Bolt All-Stars leading the points tally
ahead of Australia and China, thanks largely to the world's greatest
sprinter, their captain, Usain Bolt. Kicking things off tonight Nitro is
the medley relay. It is an event that sums up the essence of Nitro
Athletics. Men and women combine in a test of teamwork, technique, power
and endurance. It kicks off with a 200-metre sprint. The baton is then
passed to the 400-metre runners. Next, things take a twist with a
tricky 600 metres. And it is all brought home with an 800-metre shoot
out. For athletes, five laps of the track, and 100 points for the
winner. The start list for the medley relay, and the bolt All-Stars
go. Suzuka goes from the inside lane for
Japan. Mitchell for Australia. Hannah Williams for England. The
first event on Nitro final, and this is crucial to both the leading
teams. The bolt All-Stars and Australia.
So the Nitro finals away, and Mitchell got a good start. Hannah
Williams out wide. Olivia Eaton and Mitchell running well. Tam eyewear
is not far away. Good run by Hannah Williams for England. The first
change coming up. Theo Campbell taking over for England. Luke
Stevens for Australia, and the Olympic champion in the 400 hurdles,
Clement. Morgan ran well in the first leg. She was strong, but there
was a collision in the change, nearly. There is Clement, just
stalking them. So the big three for this event, England two were so good
in the 4x400 the other night. The 600-metre about to come out. This is
the crucial one, with Christine Day as a surprise selection, in a. Away
goes Alex Bell for England. Rubie in second place, and then Christine
Day, and then to New with Katherine Camp. Anneliese has looked good. She
is coming past me right now. Looks good. Are you happy so far? She can
sit on this spot, and when it comes down to it, get a nice kick and get
us a start up front. Getting to the halfway point of this 600-metre leg.
Alex Bell has run well for 500, so she is strong. Christine Day has
lost a bit of ground. The English team is a lot better for having been
here a week. Alex Bell is running a much better rates than the other
day. Alex looks very strong, and Christine Day is now passing
Katherine Camp from New Zealand, so she isn't dying as much as I thought
she would. The 800 about to start. Every metre she can get away is
really important. This has been a terrific run. Christine Day had real
trouble getting past Katherine Camp, the New Zealander. Rubie getting
further and further away. The pattern goes to Luke Mathews. Then a
long gap to Musson. Australia in a brilliant position. They are.
1.45.01.43. If it is going to be tight, it will be a good finish.
They just have to say relaxed. Pretty hard to stay relaxed. And
Michael Rimmer, he knows how to raise these 800s. It is a bit of a
worry. He will try to close that gap and then sit on him. A gap to third
with Ben Musson. One lap to go. Mathews, three or four metres in
front of Rimmer. I feel like Williams has made up a bit of the
gap. He has taken New Zealand. But he has Michael Rimmer's back in his
site. Mathews in the back straight. Three or four metres in front of
Rimmer. He is tired, Luke! Come on! Mathews, every point fight for
Australia tonight. It will make a huge difference if they can get it.
Rimmer is a danger. Mathews is two metres in front. Australia and
England. Australia is away. It is the perfect start. The medley team
have done it again. Yes, it's Australia home from England. The
Bolt All-Stars, New Zealand, China and Japan. What a great team effort.
Everyone of them ran so well. The first win of the night to
Australia, beating home England and the Bolt All-Stars. That gives
Australian 100 points, 20 points ahead of the English team, who came
into night in sixth place overall and looking to improve. Next, this
60-metre sprints. Don't blink or you will them!
Powell got a good start, so did us Eto'o. Doing the work all right. A
bit quicker than the other night. Powell gets the hundred points that
he was after. Establishes his polity about halfway. Oseto Gao trying to
run him down. He is so powerful. Look how strong he is out of the
blocks. He saw Gao and Millar coming back at him, but he is in sparkling
form. He got the 100 points he was after. You promised 100 points, and
you delivered. Definitely. We have to win, ask All-Stars. On Thursday,
Michael freighter didn't quite take of business. Did you say, hand it
back to me? We can't wait to see you in the relay. Well done. Both of
these races combined to get a final point. Riley Day, 16 years of age.
Kelsey Berryman won the 60 on the opening night. She has been such a
factor in New Zealand's efforts here. The battle behind Prandini,
who I think is the overall favourite.
Prandini came through very hard. Berryman second, and Riley Day
third. The Bolt All-Stars get the job done. Powell and Prandini in the
two 60s. A perfect result for the Bolt
All-Stars in the 60-metre sprints, with Powell and Prandini going
through this series undefeated. Coming up, the next pole-vault. The
women's pole-vault. This is the final round. Abigail Roberts of
England. She goes through at 4.05. Her personal best is 4.08, so it is
a fantastic effort from Roberts. She has had a great competition here.
That jumps into lead. This great clearance here, where she just
scrapes over 4.05 puts her into the lead, and the other girls under
pressure. The men and the women going together, so we are now back
across to the men. Here he goes, Adam Hague.
Pretty sure that the idea is to go over it, not kick it off. He has got
so wound up with the crowd behind him that he has just annihilated
that poll. He found himself underneath the bar when it recoils.
As he goes upside down, you want to be generally 30 centimetres in front
of it, but he was directly underneath it. In terms of the men's
competition, who are the most important jumps?
Here is Xue,. Up he goes, and he is over! A super impressive jump there.
It was 5.50. That is the best jump we have seen so far. From China to
China. A lifetime best of 4.20. This is four point ten. It had a tickle,
but stayed on. China just jumped from 60 points to 100 points. That
is how quickly you can turn around in this format. Now Kennedy,
competing for the NME, from an Australian perspective, with the
Bolt All-Stars. That would give her the lead by five centimetres,
choosing that height. A clever move, being last in the order. The format
Acrobat went and missed. It looked like she had the height. She did so
well on Thursday night. She cleared 4.10 so easily. So China take the
maximum points in the pole-vault, with victories to Xue in the men.
Coming up next: At the three-minute distance challenge, race with no
finish line. With the clock ticking, which team can run the furthest? A
male and a female athlete from each team combined. It is a traditional
race start with the first athletes running as far as they can for three
minutes. Wherever they finish, that is where the second team member must
start. They then have 180 seconds to chase down the leader or protect the
lead. The duo who power through the most metres get to take home 100
points for their team. The start list for the three-minute distance
challenge: We have got a power-play here. They absolutely need full
points, Australia. The 26-year-old has run close to two minutes for the
800 and this is an extra minute basically. Spoken like someone who
has never run 800 metres, Bruce! Away in the three-minute distance
challenge. The women first and then the men. How far can you go? It is
so hard not knowing where you are going to finish. Camille Buscomb is
doing exactly the right thing for the Bolt All-Stars, a little gap.
Australia, China in fourth, Yuki Hirota of Japan in fifth, and Laura
Nagel, the 25-year-old, her birthday today, moving up a place. What are
the tactics here for Heidi? I am watching now and I know Camille
Buscomb here well and I am worried for her because she has gone out too
hard. I am going to tell Heidi to relax and sit in. You are fine! Do
not get caught up in that! You will eat her up at the end! Camille
Buscomb knows that she has got Leonard with a great pace. I
actually think Camille Buscomb is running a smart rates. To be honest,
Leonard has been clever. They know what she is doing and they are
sitting back off that pace. You can see the leaderboard. New Zealand is
not that far away, with England. It has been a fabulous night so far.
Camille Buscomb, Alison Leonard, you can see the gap to Laura Nagel.
Leonard has gone out so hard. We know that Heidi is very powerful on
the back end. They have almost got one minute to go. Can you see the
scoreboard and do you know how far you have got to go in terms of time?
You can really tell on the home straight how far you have got to go
with the clock. But poor Camille Buscomb is struggling. All right,
Heidi! One minute now. You have timed it perfectly. Let's go! Should
she go? Not yet. One minute is a long way when you are moving at this
pace. Camille Buscomb has done a brave thing, but setting it up so
perfectly, Heidi has just got to wait for the next straight and get
the gear is going. Can she hold of Leonard? I believe she can because
it is a fitness test. This is scary, way too close, but Heidi is
stronger. Heidi See... Leonard responds. Camille Buscomb, what they
run by her. She has shown so much character. The men to follow and
every minute is vital. Can Heidi shake them off? Camille Buscomb will
not go away. This has been outstanding. Come on, Heidi! Has she
got one last kick, Heidi See? Leonard gets up to her. Just one
last kick! Camille Buscomb will not go away. Look at Camille Buscomb and
they finish at the same line. How good was that? The three of them ran
their hearts out and the men will basically go off from the same
market. That was fantastic to watch. I take you my hat off to Camille
Buscomb. That was so brave. Usain Bolt should be so proud of you. It
looked like you were in agony with a whole lap to go and you kept on
fighting. Alison Leonard, that was great as well. Heidi See, second
race back, you are back. And here we go, the England 32-year-old who won
the 5000 metres championship, so he is strong. And we have the
three-time Olympian Jeff Riseley for Australia. And Kerron Clement. They
are the big three. Cornish, and then the torture
continues. Jeff Riseley has that beautiful 1500 metres base. He is
probably just as good at 800 and 1500. This is what is tough for him.
He is so good at both that it is hard to choose which one to do. They
will have to take it out quite fast. Jeff Riseley has a beautiful long
stride. He is a great runner. The last one was his first race back for
a while. He will be better after that run. Do you think Jeff Riseley
has freshened up for tonight? Absolutely. We have picked that
smartly. This is Jeff Riseley's race and he can show off here. The way
Camille Buscomb ran the way she did, it was very impressive. It certainly
was. Just a reminder, bonus points for Australia. We get double points
wherever we finish here. For Australia to win Nitro, I think we
have got to win this event. If we don't, we will be climbing a big
deal. We are just leading. Jeff Riseley is well placed, then
Kipchirchir Kiptoo. Cornish on his own. We are getting to that very
interesting stage. You can sense that Jeff is just happy with his
nice place. They are going to come quite late. Jeff has such great 800
speed that I think he will back that to go as late as possible. One
minute to go and he is about to pass you. I agree. He is looking so
comfortable. A beautiful start and he had just got to hold off and go
when it matters. You are fantastic, Jeff! Get ready now! He just moves
out on the shoulder of Kipchirchir Kiptoo, who is sitting on him.
England, Australia, Bolt All-Stars. Power Play for the Aussies. Can they
get the 200 points that they really need? Nitro final here. The 5000
metre man, Jeff Riseley sitting, Kipchirchir Kiptoo comes off his
back. The big long sprint for home. Jeff Riseley smooth. Holding form.
Kipchirchir Kiptoo at his shoulder, looking ungainly. Jeff Riseley
kicks. Looking good. Fantastic. I reckon he has got it! He is going to
go again! He has got another gear! Jeff! Jeff Riseley, and why not? He
hammers them home and Australia get the Power Play. Full points. Then
Kipchirchir Kiptoo and Richard Weir. So Australia increases its lead
overall but with no Power Play to come, will it be enough? The Bolt
All-Stars in second with China clinging narrowly to third position.
We will stay on the track for our next event, the 2x300m relay. Usain
Bolt has stacked his team here with Kerron Clement. Christine Ohuruogu
going for Power Play along with Williams. Two teenagers from Asia in
the final, Fu of China and Takuya Nagata of Japan. They are about to
go. Christine Ohuruogu is very unsteady. This is a woman who has
won Olympic gold and two World Championship gold and silver, bronze
medal in Rio. Here we go. Brent Dini's pace. Can Mitchell keep with
her all the way? Brent Dini is away -- Prandini. Can Mitchell run down
Prandini? Prandini and Morgan Mitchell, two of the big stars of
Nitro. Look at this! Mitchell goes up at Prandini takes. Half a stride
in front. The baton change about to come up. Prandini kicks up. What a
war going on. Mitchell half a metre in front. Prandini starting to tire
out. Job done. Morgan Mitchell gives Stevens the lead. That was a great
change. They took metres off the Bolt All-Stars in that change
because they were messy. Stevens about two metres in front of Kerron
Clement. Then a gap to Williams. Luke holding it for the moment. The
big run down the back stretch. Clement, the two gold-medallist. It
will be close. The Bolt All-Stars... Stevens have won! Australia got
there. It is tight but I reckon we have won. Clement threw everything
at him. What they run from Clement. He was down by a few metres when he
got the baton, but Morgan and Mitchell, a fantastic rate. --
fantastic race. What a war. Both 300-metre legs were marvellous. Luke
Stevens running scared against a man who has done it all. And Olympic
medallist, gold-medallist, in the 4x100 on the flat. And Luke has
already run tonight, so his legs will be tired. He has run a lot. To
hold your cool when you can feel Clement breathing down on you,
fantastic. That is what Nitro is all about. A spectacular win for the
Australian team, edging out the Bolt All-Stars. That puts the home team
further ahead with England moving up to third place after a consistent
night so far. In the shadows of the stands, the star of the show is
preparing for the first of his two races tonight.
This is appropriate, the referee just explaining everything to the
women because we had the catastrophe the other night, where Camille
Buscomb was stopped and he could have stopped running after the first
lap. She thought she was eliminated and she wasn't. She took off at the
wrong time. You know how it works now. After the
first lap, the woman in the last position drops out, the next lap the
same, and then the final lap. So we get down to three. Genevieve LaCaze,
we will rely on her strength. She was a steeplechase runner, who
dropped down. Her 1500 metre and mile times are coming down. Ryan
Gregson, the co-captain, can you hear me? What about Genevieve going
in? Will she use her strength? She is the fittest girl in the race. The
first lap will be the most important. She wanted to go in front
and hold them all out and it looks like she will. She wanted to keep
the pace after that. Genevieve LeCarre is, Busienei, and so who
will be the last woman? Genevieve LaCaze has got to be very careful!
She has just made it. Okita has gone out. Half a metre between first and
sixth, and although Okita doesn't know it yet, she will be eliminated
for Japan. Genevieve used a lot of energy to hold on. This event is
brutal. It is an interesting event to watch. The ladies and the men,
they take the first lap so fast. If there is a sprinter in the race,
they will be able to take down that first lap to stay in. Genevieve has
got good strength. A five kilometre run and in the steeplechase as well,
so she will be better the further she can stay in this race, but he
needs to be able to hold off the ladies with faster 400 and 800 times
than her. LaCaze has got to be careful. I
think she has got itself safely... Not quite. She has got to dig deep.
Watch out for Schaef. Thomas ran out of room in the end. So close. She
has gone. Ryan, can you hear me? A lot of energy used so far. We know
how strong she is and he will be able to regather herself, I think,
don't you? -- she will. Yes, that was just one lap. Trust me, even if
they look OK, they will be spent and the strongest girl will win. Is this
a good move? I think so. You would think that Schaef from New Zealand
would be the one to struggle. She is probably more a 2.07 runner. She
works here in Melbourne, so this is her home track, but if Genevieve can
just regain some energy, we know she has got a lot. She is darting across
the track to cheer everybody on. This is so hard. It is whoever has
got the most legs after all that surging, which is not the way to run
a distance race. It is brutal. You are spot on with Schaef. What
happens when it comes down to the last three in the final lap? That's
it, Genevieve! Keep going. You can relax a little bit through the bell.
It I am not sure if Gen has a kick left
in her. Busieni looks like she is going to
do the job for the All-Stars. It is Busieni, LaCaz and showing here. The
two Kenyans has done a great job for the Bolt All-Stars. Down she comes.
The Bolt All-Stars strike back. LaCaz has done a strong job, though.
They doubled this up with the men, so Ryan you are in the position to
turn 80 points into 100 later on. LaCaz comes in for second. The long
jump. Berryman, New Zealand's national champion. She jumped a
personal best on Thursday night. As you can see on that right hand, she
sliced it open. You thought pole-vault could be dangerous. It's
got nothing on the long jump, Steve. Steve's got up off his chair to have
a good look. I reckon it is pretty close. Kelsey, is that what you need
for the turbo? I think it will be pretty close. 6.20 four. One
centimetre of the turbo charge. A big jump of 6.44 in the third round,
which is the best we have seen for the women's. The turbo-charged
distance is 6.15. A fierce look of determination. That looks pretty
close. The pocket rocket she is. No additional 15 points on the turbo
charge, but the thumbs up. Lapierre is up next. The Australian team
manager. He needs a lift. He has got to lift big-time, because he was an
absolute shocker in the relay. His distance is 5.75. He needs some
noise! Seven point 75. An eight-metre jump will put him into
the lead. The chain was his 18th birthday present from his parents.
He came in flying! I'll! What is that? That is a fowl. That was
enormous. Fabrice Lapierre, and now Lawson, who is currently in second
place. The Bolt All-Stars can get some serious points here. Lawson won
the men's competition on Saturday. Currently in second. The
turbo-charged distance is eight metres. Can we see that here?
What sort of colour flag? It is white. It is fair. It might be over
eight metres. It is right there. 8.02 is the distance. That is going
to fill Usain Bolt's heart with joy. Because the Bolt All-Stars are now
in a very strong position. Fantastic. Japan and the Bolt
All-Stars claiming 50 points each in the mixed long jump, so no major
change in the standings as we head back to the 150 metres sprint, Usain
Bolt's first event of the night. So the points table sits like this. The
Bolt All-Stars might catapult into the lead here. A power play for
them. Confidence Lawson is -- Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world
at this distance. It is an unusual distance. 11 World Championship
medals. It is the most remarkable sprinting story in the history of
the sport. There is only one, and there will only ever be one. He is
different, both in personality and power, and ultimately, speed. He
puts his reputation on the line every time he starts now. It seems a
formality for us, but not for him. About to go. Hartmann and Bolt in
the middle. So the moment has arrived. He is off. He got up pretty
well. Up to Hartmann, Millar and Lawson. Hartmann and Lawson, Bolt
stretching away. What a privilege. We have been waiting for it. He
strolls over the line like he did in Beijing all those years ago. We have
seen him in an individual race. It was enough. We can all go home
happy! He has the 4x100 to come, of course. His start was OK. It is
pretty tough for such a big man. Joseph Millar ran really well. He
looks a bit more compact and tense than he usually does. But I am being
picky. His speed off the ground is really good. He is able to switch
off with 20 minutes to go. If I was his competitor leading into the
London World Championships in a few months, I wouldn't like that. Millar
has had a real breakthrough hair. He is someone to watch. The first time
we have seen you back from the Olympics in an individual event. How
did that feel? It was rougher than I thought it would be. The first time
I have run this early this season, especially in a sprint. It felt OK.
You have the Formula One coming up. What you do between now and then?
Sit down! I will relax and get ready. Natasha Morrison is that
favourite here. Riley Day and Zoe Hobbs, two teenagers, go here. What
an experience for the young kids and all the people from Melbourne in the
crowd. I'm sure many have travelled just to witness the great man here.
You can see that he is over the moon, and relieved it is done and
dusted. Morrison the favourite, Day the youngster. Morrison a good
start. Maeyama got a very good start for Japan. Day has a slight lead
over Morrison. This is something very big. A star is born. We have
seen the greatest, and now we have seen somebody who might be very
special within minutes. Well, that was quite remarkable. You cannot
overstate what we have just seen. A big surprise in the 150-metre
sprint, with the Bolt All-Stars failing to make the most of their
power play. That still enough to give them the overall lead from
Australia. A great run by Riley in the 150. What you think of her? She
executed really well. You could tell she wanted it really bad, so that is
a good thing. You are you saying take up the win. Did that motivate
you? Definitely. Take away that power play from him, and keep
pushing hard. When this started, did you believe that you would be
winning the 150 in front of the greatest of all time, Usain Bolt.
And now you are sitting next to him. Running against Natasha and all the
girls was an honour in itself. She is a great girl. I am not doing the
relay, unfortunately. She is good. She's good. Did you see the 150? He
got lucky. Coming up, the hurdles relay. It is hurdles like you have
never seen before. Male and female athletes team up in an exciting
format. The female athletes start first. Across three lanes, we run a
traditional 100 metres. When we cross the line, the men take over.
Then they run 110-metre high hurdle race back in the other direction.
The quickest overall takes the points. It is an event you don't
want to miss. This is scary for everyone, commentators included.
This is something quite different. Lanes one, two, three for the women.
Then the men come back six, seven and eight. The women to go first.
Once they get to the finish line, the men will be sent on their way.
That will be interesting in itself! True got a pretty good start. Aoki
just beat them out. Drew coming through pretty hard. England, Japan,
New Zealand. Let's see how the men see it. Japan got a very good start.
Henry well back behind. The time is important, because the second race
will double up. Yazawa is clear. Japan lead at the moment with 27.52.
That is their team captain. He was in Rio. He is a national champion.
He held off Odujobi. The replay will be interesting. Karla Drew was a
clear leader. Yazawa may have gone a bit early. It is something new, it
is fresh. Either he went early, or Odujobi sat in the blocks. The
points at the end of the hurdles relay all about the time. So China,
Bolt All-Stars and Australia ahead. -- up next.
Up they come. The hurdles relay. Japan have put a marker down. Big
points so important here on Nitro final. Jenneke out of voice, but
hopefully not out of refs here. Next to her, Abigail Taddeo.
Jenneke got a good start. Abigail Taddeo as well.
China have got a very good second one. But Xue is right with him. Our
China quicker than Japan? The Bolt All-Stars well back. I'm not sure if
China was as fast as Japan. Xue head. It must be really hard to be
the lead woman there. You have to cite the hurdles so that you don't
crash into it, so I think it is something that they will have to
keep practising, those changes. But China and Japan nailed them. Maybe
Xie had the advantage of being closer to the women. They still have
their heads down and they are focusing on the race, but it is the
person behind who tells them they have to go. So maybe we should blame
the person behind. I hate to blame Luke Stevens, because he has done so
well first -- so far. The 100 metres here. This was on the
opening night. Scott Reardon has been second in both 100 and the 200.
Mariko Okita lost his arm and leg at birth.
That was a big finish from James are not. O'Neill wanted the line and he
couldn't quite get it. James are not! -- James Arnott. Reardon is a
bit slow to get up. It is difficult for him.
Anastasio Marimekko running for the Bolt All-Stars. She is one of seven
siblings. Oh, no! She lost all her stride there. Maybe McBride over
Mana Sasaki. England have had a huge start. I think there was some slight
interference. I think McBride might have done it again. She is a talent.
Ella Pardy stumbled at the start. She stumbled and tripped, but I
loved that she got up and kept on running, Femita Marie Ayanbeku. That
is great for the team. Maybe McBride. Yes, she gets it over Mana
Sasaki. England takes a pair of wins. Australia gets pushed back
into the lead in the team standings as we head into the javelin. Points
are up for grabs big time in the final round of the javelin. The
Chinese competitor has thrown over 76 metres so far. Let's see how the
radar is for Luke then. It looks good! -- for Liu. Bonus time!
Straight out of his hand. Like a ten pin bowler. It left his hand and he
turned around and walked the other way. He knew it. International
viewers, that is what they call straight down the doodled idyll. --
diddle diddle. Power and finesse rolled into one. He didn't guided
in, he hammered it in. And now we come to the final round. Hamish
Peacock would like your support and he has got the support of his fellow
competitors. 81.12 for the Rio Olympian from crass mania, the
26-year-old. -- from Tasmania. Yes! Steve, The Peacock was strutting!
You already secured the win with your first round throw of 81 metres
and you have just put the icing on the cake. A bonus 15 points for
Australia and with things so tight that the top of the leaderboard,
that will make all the difference at the end of the day. That was pretty
handy. I sprained it the other night so good to get it down the middle.
That one curved back, right to left on it. Have you been working on
that? I put a snake on it and it curved beautifully down the middle.
Australia remains in the lead heading into the second to last
event of the night, the men's elimination mile. The Bolt All-Stars
with Matthew Ramsden. And Ryan Gregson, who was an outstanding
teenager, for Australia. Now the elimination mile. Get out of China.
Ramsden for the all stars. Gregson at the back. He has looked powerful
so far. He is prepared to go right around the field and put himself
outside the New Zealander, Tom Moulai. Usually in championship
racing it is a slow start. They have taken off, like in women's
elimination mile. Baby wants to be the first one out. It is like a
reality TV show. -- nobody wants to be the first one out. But they are
spreading far too fast for the mile right now. You went through this in
your race, Genevieve. It is so tough. You have got to hold your
lead and you can't let anyone pass you no matter how hard it feels.
Ryan is doing well and he is good at that. Hey has got a kick. You just
can't be last across the line. China lose their men. Ramsden is 19. He is
now with your group and he is some kind of prospect, isn't he? Sitting
outside Ryan. Ramsden definitely has a bright future ahead of him,
following in Ryan's footsteps at his age. He has so much potential to
show and that will be the guy on Ryan's shoulders tonight and he is
well aware of that. Watch out for those two upfront. Gen, you have
done all these races, and is this the most brutal of all of them? I
can confirm it is the most brutal and I have never done anything like
it. That says it all! Come on, Ryan! Stay on it. You are good. Stay on
him. Who is going to drop out here? New Zealand? Tommy Lai of New
Zealand, he is gone. We are down to four. Ramsden, Gregson, Jamie Webb,
and again Gregson takes the lead. This must be so hard. This is a good
tactic. They can relax a bit. There is no danger for Ryan or Matthew
here. It is a fitness test now. Make him work! It is true you have only
got to worry about the last person, but at the same time Ryan is trying
to run Ramsden off his feet and trying to tire him out but he can't
run too much because then he won't be fresh. He needs to be fresh and
take the sting out of the younger Ramsden. I think it is the opposite.
I think Ramsden is the distance athlete. The interesting thing about
these two is that Ramsden looks up to Gregson. One of his idols was
Ryan Gregson and now he is racing against him. He has emulated him in
doing the double, the 1505 kilometre. But Ryan has a great kick
which we have seen at majors. -- the 500 metres and the five kilometres.
This will be fascinating. How important is it for Ryan? Not just
the points but beating the younger guy? There is a bit at stake here.
Tamsin is right. Ryan is trying to run Ramsden out of his feet. But he
will need more. Come on, Ryan! 150! Gregson and Ramsden, both Aussies.
One for the Bolt All-Stars, 19. The other the first Australian mail to
make the 1500 metres final in 40 years for Australia in Rio. The
captains are about to start screaming encouragement. He takes
him! Away goes Gregson. Gregson remains unbeaten in Nitro. Ramsden
has made his mark. Over the three nights. Here they are. The captains.
Australia can win the night if we finish in the top three here, even
if the Bolt All-Stars win. But for Australia to win Nitro, we have got
to win and the Bolt All-Stars have got to finish both or below. That is
what it comes down to. It will be tough for Australia to take down the
Bolt All-Stars, but if they can just get that battle ground cleanly and
finished as close to the Bolt All-Stars, then winning the night
would be great. So great to see the Aussies at the top. Mitchell to
Hartman, to Jack Hale, so the Australians go woman, woman, man,
man. Morgan Mitchell, five wins at Nitro this week. What a star. Jack
Hale is the future. And also, Usain Bolt, interesting that he will give
to brandy unique as he did on the first night. That is really tough.
-- he will give it to Jenna Prandini. Really tough for the first
village at their fastest man in the world to give it to a woman. Watch
that exchange. The final event of Nitro. Asafa Powell quickly passed
Michelle Jenneke at, and Kelsey Berryman. Usain Bolt left to right
hand. Flying down the back. Australia back in fourth place with
Mitchell. Look at Usain Bolt powering away and this is the
important change and she got it! Jenna Prandini was so good! The
Aussies are in all kinds of strife. The last button change and the Bolt
All-Stars are clean. They are away. Usain Bolt and his team will be the
champions of the night, flying home. Look at the battle for second. The
Bolt All-Stars are number one! Pretty hard to beat. Asafa Powell to
Usain Bolt. What a great concept. I love it. Pretty exciting watching
the men racing against the women. Asafa Powell showed what this is
about. He just took metres out of Michelle Jenneke. The Bolt All-Stars
are such a well oiled machine. What a way to end an incredible evening.
The Bolt All-Stars have saved the best till last for the third night
running, grabbing a thrilling victory in the final event and in
the process taking the overall win in Nitro by just 12 points from
Australia. It is mission accomplished for the world's fastest
man who came to Melbourne to spearhead this new concept in
athletics and leaves as the inaugural winner of the Nitro World
Cup. I am happy. It was brilliant. The guys gave 150%. We are going to
push, we are going to push, and that is what we did and we got it done.
Thanks again to the host commentary team. Do let us know what you
thought about Nitro Athletics using the hashtag below. More athletics on
the BBC right now with the conclusion of the indoor team
trials, streaming on BBC Sport website. Next week, join us on
Saturday, live from Birmingham for the indoor Grand Prix featuring Mo
Farah and Laura Muir. And in three weeks we will be in Belgrade for the
European indoor championships. Over on BBC One, live rugby union as
France take on Scotland in the Six Nations. The inaugural Nitro
Athletics champions have been crowned. Is this the future for
athletics? Only time will tell. That is all from us today. Thank you for
watching. Goodbye. Our gifts to the world. We invented
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Usain Bolt and his All-Star team are looking to be crowned the first winners of the new Nitro Athletics competition as three days of action concludes with a grand final in Melbourne.
Gabby Logan introduces highlights of this third and final evening from the Lakeside Stadium, which also sees Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu captain a youthful England side.
Nitro Athletics is a new team event which has the backing of athletes including Bolt and the sport's chief Lord Sebastian Coe - with events such as a mixed hurdles relay, target javelin and an elimination mile - just three new disciplines which could, as Coe says, help 'revolutionise the sport'. Along with the Bolt All-Stars and England, teams from Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan are also involved. It has been suggested this event could be for athletics what Twenty20 is for cricket. Time will tell but sports fans and those in the athletics world will certainly hope so.