Eddie Osei-Nketia wins 100m at Cooks Classic but fails to break his dad's event record

Source: 1News

Eddie Osei-Nketia has won the 100m at the Cooks Classic in Whanganui last night in a time of 10.62.

The 18-year-old sprinter broke the junior record at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui but couldn't break his dad Gus Nketia’s event record of 10.49 seconds. 

"Father and son record, the father holding the senior record and the junior holding the junior record. It feels like a really good thing in the family," said Eddie.  

The elder Nketia set the record four days shy of 20 years ago and Eddie says there is always next year to focus on breaking his father's record.

"I'm just gonna go back to Wellington, I'm just gonna focus on it, I'm gonna watch like a lot of my races and just see what I can pick up on, get ready for Hastings."

His coach, Gary Henley-Smith says the success of the sport may be signifying a return to the golden age of sprinting in New Zealand with more and more talented athletes coming up through the sport.

"We haven't seen it for a while, since probably, since Mark was actually competing in the 90s and Chris Donaldson. So you know, I think it's gonna be special times." 

Henley-Smith thinks this year's competition season holds a lot of potential for Eddie. 

'You know it's just the start for him and I think, he'll improve very quickly and he seems to rise to the occasion. He loves running in the big competitions so look out." 

Joseph Millar finished second in a time of 10.72 while Cody Wilson was third with a time of 10.77.