Ramsden wins elimination mile at Nitro

Middle-distance runner Matthew Ramsden has claimed a surprise win at Nitro Athletics. (AAP)

Matthew Ramsden claimed a surprise win over fellow Australian Jeff Riseley at Nitro Athletics.

Consider rising Australian middle-distance star Matthew Ramsden among the biggest of the many winners at the inaugural edition of Nitro Athletics.

The 19-year-old was among a handful of young Australians drafted into Usain Bolt's All Stars team after being overlooked for berths in the 24-strong home squad.

Ramsden took full advantage of the opportunity to shine, storming past experienced countryman and three-time Olympian Jeff Riseley in the final straight to claim victory in the elimination mile on Saturday.

The elimination mile was one of the most exciting events of the night, with the slowest runner cut after each of the first three laps.

"I would love to have been wearing the green and gold, but meeting Bolt and being part of his team was just great too," Ramsden told AAP.

"Bolt spoke to most of his athletes individually before their event.

"He didn't talk to me beforehand because my warm-up went for a bit long but he did congratulate me afterwards.

"We had a team meeting the day before the meet and he basically said `if you're not here to win then get out of the room now'."

Ramsden - a finalist in the 1500m and 5000m at last year's under-20 world championships - will switch to a traditional mile race for the second Nitro meet on Thursday, where he will square off against training partner and Rio Olympics finalist Ryan Gregson for the first time.

The only awkward moment for Ramsden on Saturday came when two of his other Melbourne Track Club teammates, Genevieve LaCaze and Luke Mathews, claimed a thrilling win in the three-minute distance challenge and he didn't know whether or not it was appropriate to cheer them on.

Bolt's All Stars pipped Australia by 30 points to claim overall bragging rights on night one before a near-capacity crowd at Lakeside Stadium.

The event was telecast live on Channel Seven in most markets in Australia and to a number of major overseas destinations including the United States, Britain and China.

Queensland schoolgirl Riley Day had the remarkable experience of going head-to-head with Bolt in the second leg of the mixed 4x100m relay.

The hugely promising 16-year-old also ran a personal best of 17.37 seconds in finishing second behind American Jenna Prandini in the women's 150m.

Bolt - who has a financial stake in the Nitro concept - declared night one a resounding success.

"It is the first one, we are going to figure out how to make it better but it's a good start," he said.

Botl has yet to declare which events he will contest in the final two Nitro meets on Thursday and Saturday.

Source AAP

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