Nick WILLIS

Nick Willis - New Zealand - 2015 6th at World Champs. 2016 Bronze at Rio Olympics.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 30 August 2015

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 25 April 1983
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Nick WILLIS - New Zealand - 2015 6th at World Champs. 2016 Bronze at Rio Olympics.

Nick Willis running in the final of the men's 1,500 metres in Beijing.

He was 6th in that race (3:35.46) and is seen above leading the gold medillist

Asbel Kiprop.


 

2015 World Championships.

Men's 1,500 metres final.


 1.
 Asbel
 KIPROP  KEN  3:34.40
 2.
 Elijah Motonei  
 MANANGOI  KEN  3:34.63
 3.  Abdalaati
 IGUIDER  MAR  3:34.67
 4.  Taoufik
 MAKHLOUFI  ALG  3:34.76
 5.  Silas 
 KIPLAGAT  KEN  3:34.81   
 6.  Nick
 WILLIS  NZL  3:35.46
 7.  Timothy
 CHERUIYOT  KEN  3:36.05
 8.  Matthew
 CENTROWITZ  USA  3:36.13


One year later most of the same runners seen above  the Olympic final in Rio.

But that final was run at a funeral pace. Kiprop paid the price and failed to find

a clear route in the mad dash for the line, but Nick did and was rewarded with

a bronze medal.

 


2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Men's 1,500 metres final.

 

 1. Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.  United States  3:50.00
 2. Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria  3:50.11
 3. Nick Willis  New Zealand  3:50.24   
 4. Ayanleh Souleiman  Djibouti  3:50.29
 5. Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco  3:50.58   
 6. Asbel Kiprop  Kenya  3:50.87
 7. David Bustos  Spain  3:51.06
 8. Ben Blankenship  United States  3:51.09

 

The winning time of 3:50.00 was the slowest since 1932.

Only five finalist (there were thirteen) failed to beat 3:40 in their semi final - ten seconds

faster than Matthew's winning time !

Earlier in the evening Mo Farah won the 5,000 metres.  

Mo's best time for the 1,500 metres.   3:28.81.    Need one say more ?