Bolt leads All Stars to win on opening night of Nitro meet

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (left) and Asafa Powell after winning the mixed 4x100m relay at Nitro Athletics meet in Melbourne on Saturday. Pic/AP

Melbourne: The world's fastest man Usain Bolt led his Bolt All-Stars to victory on the opening night of the inaugural Nitro Athletics teams event here on Saturday.

The world record holder for the 100m and 200m sprints led the Bolt All Stars — including athletes from Jamaica, the USA and Kenya — against teams representing Australia, England, New Zealand, Japan and China.

Bolt ran in the final event on the programme, the 4x100m mixed relay, featuring two male and two female athletes from each team, as did fellow Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Asafa Powell.

With their captain running the unfamiliar second leg, handing over to American Jenna Prandini, the Bolt All Stars won that race to notch up their fourth outright win of the night and finish with a total of 1080 points. “It was just a wonderful night. I was just enjoying myself from the start to the end,” Bolt said.

“Everybody was just having fun. Everybody was trying to support their teammates — going over to the long jump, to the javelin — that's something were not really used to.” The Australian team won three of the 12 events to sit second with 1050 points.

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