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Usain Bolt edges out compatriot Carter in Monaco

World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt needed a late surge to narrowly beat fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter in...

Fast feet: Usain Bolt (left) and Tyson Gay crash through the finish line at the 2007 World Championships. Picture: Gallo Images/AFP

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World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt needed a late surge to narrowly beat

fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter in the 100 metres with his season's best time of

9.88 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

Bolt overhauled his compatriot, who also ran

his season's best of 9.90, in the last 15 metres while American Michael Rodgers

finished third with 9.96.

"It was not the best start, but I

executed well overall," Bolt told reporters after finding his form in his

last scheduled meeting ahead of next month's world championships.

"My last 60 metres have improved

dramatically. I need to work on my reaction time, but I've been doing great in

training, so I'm just focussing and I feel ready.

"My aim this season is to run 9.7, maybe

9.6. For me, this year it's about building myself and go into the Olympic

season fit and ready. London

(2012 Olympics) is the key."

Bolt set his 100 metres record of 9.58 at the

2009 world championships in Berlin and will

defend his title at the August 27-September 4 world championships in Daegu, South

Korea.

He will face competition from compatriot

Asafa Powell who set a world leading time of 9.78 in Lausanne last month.

Among the others athletes posting world

leading times ahead of the worlds were 800 metres world record holder David

Rudisha, the Kenyan winning in one minute 42.61 seconds.

Britain's

Mo Farah also set the season's best time in the 5,000 as he beat American

Bernard Lagat in a sprint to the line in a time of 12 minutes 53.11.

In the women's 200 Carmelita Jeter beat

compatriot Allyson Felix, a three-time world champion at the distance, and

Shalonda Solomon in an American clean sweep.

Olympic 400 hurdles champion Angelo Taylor

held his nerve to defeat compatriot Bershawn Jackson while Britain's world

champion Phillips Idowu won the triple jump with 17.36 metres.

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