Athletics: Eddie Osei-Nketia tops Kiwi rival Tiaan Whelpton in 100m final at Melbourne's Maurie Plant Meet

Eddie Osei-Nketia has kept hold of his title of New Zealand's fastest man, defeating Kiwi rival Tiaan Whelpton in the 100 metres final at Melbourne's Maurie Plant Meet.

As he prepares to head to Hawaii, where he'll take up an American football scholarship at the University of Hawaii, 21-year-old Osei-Nketia is in the middle of finishing his track and field season in Australia.

Already holding the New Zealand men's 100m sprint record, Osei-Nketia furthered his status as the one that got away from Athletics New Zealand by running a 10.27s time for second place in Melbourne.

But Osei-Nketia couldn't replicate his New Zealand-record performance of 10.08s he ran in July last year when he broke his father Gus Nketia's time to take the title of the fastest New Zealander.

The time cruelly saw the Kiwi finish just 0.01s behind the winner, Australia's Rohan Browning.

Compatriot Tiaan Whelpton finished third, crossing the finish line in 10.39s - 0.12s behind Osei-Nketia.

Elsewhere, the Kiwi duo of James Preston and Brad Mathas took a one-two finish in the men's 800m final.

Preston, 25, is unbeaten in the 800m this season and produced a spectacular finish to get past Australia's Lachlan Raper on the second and final lap.