Hurdles relays, target javelin and an elimination mile revealed for new three-meet series

A number of non-traditional events including hurdles relays, target javelin and an elimination mile have been announced for the new Nitro Athletics Melbourne series set to take place next February.

A three-minute run, plus mixed and medley relays are also among the disciplines in which stars of Australian and international athletics will compete across three nights – February 4, 9 and 11 – at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium.

Six teams of 24 athletes will battle it out in the points-based competition which features power, endurance, technique and teamwork event categories.

Strategy and tactics will come into play, with ‘Nitro Steal’ giving teams the opportunity to steal 50% of another team’s points from a particular event and ‘Nitro Power Play’ enabling teams to win double points in one selected event. A ‘Nitro Turbo Charge’ in the long jump means athletes can ‘turbo-charge’ their points before one jump by predicting the distance. False start point penalties will also apply.

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt is set to compete in and captain a ‘Bolt All-Stars’ team, while there are also due to be teams from England, China and Japan, with organisers hopeful that the new sports entertainment series will “revolutionise global track and field”.

“This will be a different spin on traditional athletics and will include a mix of power, endurance, technique and teamwork disciplines across sprints, distance, field and para-athletics events,” said Nitro Athletics Melbourne event and competitions director Glenn Turnor.

“What we’ve tried to do is keep the authentic-ness of each of the disciplines, but focus more on the point scoring and the team element.

“There have been countless iterations of team competitions, both in Australia and around the world, but this predominantly focusses on what all of the 24 athletes will do as part of the team.

“We wanted to showcase the talent of a jumper, a sprinter, a middle distance runner and a thrower and present it much faster, with results much quicker and build the athletes’ personalities around the events in which they are participating.”

A full fact sheet listing planned events can be found here.