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Bolt leads the way

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates with teammates Jenna Prandini (left) and Jeneba Tarmoh after winning the mixed 4 x100m at the Nitro Athletics meet in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, February 4.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):

Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell helped the Bolt All-Stars win the 4x100m mixed relay yesterday on the second of three nights of the Nitro Athletics meet.

A botched baton change in the mixed relay by Australia cost them overall victory on the night. The home team initially thought it had beaten the Bolt All-Stars but was penalised 50 points after Jack Hale failed to legally pass the baton to Fabrice Lapierre in the second changeover.

That penalty saw Australia slip to second with 895 points overall, 35 behind the Bolt All-Stars, who also won the first meet last Saturday at Lakeside Stadium.

The six teams, including Japan, New Zealand, England, and China, will conclude the meet tomorrow when Bolt is set to also contest the individual 150m, having only run a leg of the relays in each of the first two meets.

A commanding victory by Ryan Gregson in the penultimate event of the night - the men's elimination mile - ensured that Australia remained close to the Bolt All-Stars.

Bolt's team picked up double points in the mixed relay, but Australia's strength was in the longer track events.

REVVING UP THE CROWD

With Bolt revving up the crowd, Nina Kennedy of Australia tied for first in the women's pole vault with a best clearance of 4.10 metres.

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

Joseph Millar of New Zealand was a surprise winner of the men's 100 in 10.30 seconds, with American sprinter Jarrion Lawson and Jack Hale of Australia trailing home to finish second-to-last and last, respectively.

With 6,722 fans turning up yesterday and tomorrow's meet already a sellout, more than 22,000 will have watched the three-meet series.