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Carter vows to get it right

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 12:01 AM
Nesta Carter ... fifth in 100m at Prefontaine Diamond League.

EUGENE, Oregon:

NESTA Carter will be looking to fix certain aspects of his race, particularly the last quarter, when he lines up at his next Diamond League competition, the Pietro Mennea Grand Gala in Italy on Thursday.

The Jamaican speedball is coming off a fifth-place finish at Saturday's Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field, University of Oregon, where he looked fine coming out of the blocks and over the first 50-60 metres, before he started fading.

"I'm not satisfied with the last 25 metres, so it's about going back to training and trying to correct that," he said. "I'm just trying to work on it to fix it for the next competition."

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A 9.78 seconds man, Carter clocked 10.02 seconds in the Prefontaine event won by late-finishing American Tyson Gay in 9.88 seconds.

"It was a decent field. It's always good running at the Prefontaine Classic; I like the crowd, the support.

"I've been working on a few things in training, and I came out here and tried to do it in the competition. I think I did fairly well, but I've to look over the tape and see what went wrong," reasoned Carter, who opened outdoors with a 9.98 clocking at the Jamaica International Invitational World Challenge meet in Kingston on May 9.

"It's all about getting ready for the National Championships to come, and then we move on to the World Championships," the MVP track club man outlined.

Meanwhile, race winner Gay is desperate to run at the Worlds.

"I want to make the team, man," he said. "A lot of people don't know, I haven't competed in World Championships since 2009. That's been a very long time, and people don't realise it because I've been around the sport for so long.

"So to make the team would be a huge blessing for me because I haven't been in that environment for so long. It would be great for me to get back in that position."

Gay only recently returned to the sport, following a one-year ban for a doping violation. He had faced a longer punishment, but was exonerated for cooperating with United States doping authorities.

RESULTS: 1. Gay (USA) 9.88, 2. Mike Rodgers (USA) 9.90, 3. Bingtian Su (CHN) 9.99, 4. Kim Collins (SKN) 9.99, 5. Carter (JAM) 10.02, 6. James Dasaolu (GBR) 10.13, 7. Richard Thompson (TTO) 10.27, 8. Justin Walker (USA) 10.28.

- A.B.