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Edward Osei-Nketia sprinted clear of Cody Wilson to win the men’s 100m final at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships in Hastings.

Osei-Nketia, son of Gus Nketia [New Zealand national 100m record holder] cruised to victory in a time of 10.20 seconds, assisted by a +2.8 m/s wind to win back the national title from Tiaan Whelpton who pulled up with cramp in the closing stages of the race.

Cody Wilson took second in 10.51 seconds while Whelpton finished in sixth place in a time of 10.72 seconds.

“I knew I had to put the pressure on him and I knew if I kept up with him he would crash. I just had to keep calm and relaxed and I knew things would happen,” Osei-Nketia said in a post sprint interview.

“It feels good, I’m not going to lie, but I’m waiting for Tiaan to be 100 per cent in order for us both to be at our best.

“That’s what you want in competition, the two of us battling.”

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