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Stars added to Bolt's team for Nitro Aths

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 John Salvado

Sally Pearson has chosen to give Nitro Athletics a miss but her great American rival Dawn Harper-Nelson is excited to be part of the inaugural team-based series in Melbourne in February.

Harper-Nelson and Jamaican Olympic sprint gold medallists Asafa Powell and and Michael Frater were revealed on Thursday as part of the Usain Bolt All Stars lineup for the series at Lakeside Stadium on February 4, 9 and 11.

Harper-Nelson edged Pearson into the silver-medal position in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the Australian superstar reversing the result at the 2012 London Games.

"Nitro can help shine a bigger light on track and field's personalities," said the 32-year-old Harper-Nelson.

"Competing there and having the opportunity to do relays and have less pressure will help a lot of athletes relax and open up to the fans.

"They can show more of their personalities and have the fans appreciate that side as well.

"I think Usain Bolt will be as he always is, energetic, but he wants to give the fans a good show."

Pearson has fully recovered from the Achilles tendon and hamstring injuries which cruelled any chance of her defending her Olympic crown in Rio.

But the Queenslander has chosen to prioritise some indoor meets in Europe in February over the Nitro Series, where she would almost certainly have been offered the Australian captaincy.

Former 100m world record holder Powell and Frater - both aged 34 - have stood atop the Olympic podium alongside Bolt as part of Jamaican sprint relay teams.

At the other end of the age spectrum is rising US speedster Jenna Prandini, who has also been included in the Bolt All Stars lineup.

The 24-year-old bosts sizzling personal bests of 10.92 in the 100m and 22.20 in the 200m.

Prandini finished fourth in her 200m semi at the Rio Olympics, just behind Australian Ella Nelson - who will also strut her stuff at the Nitro Series.

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