Willis shows great form ahead of Sydney meet

From ATHLETICS NZ: Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis showed some handy form at the end of a solid block of training in New Zealand, winning a 1500 metres race in Auckland tonight in 3 minutes 36.51 seconds.

Willis was running in a specially set up race at the AUT Millennium track on the North Shore in Auckland in preparation for an attempt on the World Championships 1500m qualifying time of 3 minutes 35.00 seconds in Sydney in a week.
The FAST 1500 race attracted a who’s who of in-form New Zealand middle distance athletes, just over three weeks out from the New Zealand Track & Field championships.
Sitting behind the early pace of Thomas Monnery and Sam Petty, Willis ran through the first lap in 57 seconds and backed up with a 58 second on lap 2, chased by Hamish Carson and Malcolm Hicks.
Running on his own for the last 500 metres after the pacemakers dropped out, Willis reached the bell in 2 minutes  40 seconds and surged home with a last lap of 56 seconds. Hicks got up for second in 3:44.95 while Carson faded to third in 3.45.11.
Willis will be happy with the performance on a cool, breezy evening as he prepares for his bid on the World Championships 1500 metres title in Moscow in August.Full Results from Auckland 1500m:
1st Willis 3.36.51
2nd Hicks 3.44.95
3rd Carson 3.45.11
4th Beamish 3.45.49
5th Pulford 3.48.13
6th Parlane 3.48.30
7th Moynihan 3.48.72
8th Harris 3.49.47
9th Lambert 3.50.16
10th Jackson 3.51.64
11th Henley 3.52.23
12th Vercoe-Curtis 3.53.33

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