Mike Kilpatrick - Yahoo! New Zealand Sport
New Zealand's Nick Willis has missed out on the medals after a disappointing run in the 1500m final this morning.
Willis, who won the silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was tucked on the inside for the early part of the race behind the Kenyans.
With the pace increasing Willis was able to stay with leaders and with one lap left he was handily placed in fifth.
But when the Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi went with 300m left Willis went backwards and trailed in well behind the medals in ninth place.
Makhloufi - who was thrown out of the Olympics earlier this week but later reinstated - won the gold medal in a time of 3:34.08.