Bolt team wins again in Australia


February 10, 2017
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right), cheers on a teammate during the Nitro Athletics meet in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, February 4, 2017. (AP Photo)

Jamaica's Usain Bolt again closed the night with a win in the mixed 4x100m relay at the second meeting in the Nitro Athletics series in Australia yesterday.

It was also the event the Bolt All-Stars drew as their random power play, meaning the team scored double points, 200 against the 100 for every other event.

That pulled the All-Stars up from way down in the rankings coming into the final event, which would still not have been enough to get them past Australia.

However, a botched changeover between Jack Hale and Fabrice Lapierre on the second leg saw Australia disqualified with a consequent points' penalty and the All-Stars retain their winning record by the skin of their collective teeth.

In a change from the first meeting, Asafa Powell and Bolt ran the middle two legs of the relay, with Jenna Prandini on the start and 2015 World Championships finalist Natasha Morrison bringing the baton home.

It was no contest as Powell jetted up the back-straight and he and Bolt made a near-perfect exchange.

Once again, the innovative format was well received by a near-capacity crowd at Melbourne's Lakeside Stadium with 6,722 spectators.

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