Not since 2006 has Australia held such a strong position in world athletics, with 11 Australian athletes holding global top-10 positions in their chosen events.
An Australian team full of young guns and rising stars are relishing the opportunity to take on Usain Bolt and his international band of super stars at the inaugural Nitro Athletics Melbourne.
Athletics needs innovative new concepts to attract new fans to the sport and IAAF President Sebastian Coe believes the Australian organisers of the new Nitro Athletics series may have a hit.
Olympic finalist Ryan Gregson became the first man in 50 years to win the Burnie Mile from scratch with a performance that rocked the timber stands at the 130th running of the Burnie Gift Carnival.
Patrick Tiernan has claimed the Australian 10,000m Championship in Melbourne, while Bridey Delaney was the top Aussie finisher in the women's race.
Rio 2016 Olympians are among the 42-strong Team Australia Squad for Nitro Athletics Melbourne confirmed by Athletics Australia today.
The much anticipated swimming program kicked off on day eight of the Games. Betty Cuthbert returned to the track for early rounds of the 200m and one of Australia’s favourite athletes, John Landy started his 1500m campaign. Australia had a good win in the basketball and in the boxing Tony Madigan bowed out.
Competing in her third Olympics, hurdler Shirley Strickland became the first track and field women to defended an Olympic title. Australia opened their Olympic Water Polo campaign and Australia were involved in probably their most thrilling basketball game of the tournament.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe says Australia should bid for more major sporting events, endorsing the country's potential tilt for the 2028 Olympics and encouraging a proposal to host an historic world athletics championships.