Willis breaks own NZ 1500m record

John Salvado, NZ Newswire July 21, 2012, 11:06 am

Beijing Olympics 1500m silver medallist Nick Willis proved he had timed his run to the London Games perfectly by smashing his own national record at the Diamond League meet in Monte Carlo on Friday night.

Willis produced a storming final lap to cross the finish line third in three minutes 30.35 seconds, bettering the mark of 3:31.79 he set at the corresponding event last year.

Reigning Olympic champ Asbel Kiprop won in 3:28.88, the fastest time in the world this year.

Fellow Kenyan Nixon Chepseba was second in a slick race where six of the top eight recorded personal bests.

Willis went out hard before fading to fourth in the mile at last week's Diamond League meet in London in what was a bold but unsuccessful attempt to beat John Walker's 20-year-old national mark.

But the 29-year-old said that race left him in good stead to attack the 1500m in Monte Carlo.

"I really benefited from the hard effort," he said.

"I never push myself that hard in training, so getting out for a hard three laps in London really woke my system up and made this pace much more comfortable."

Willis will march in the Olympic opening ceremony before heading to a cottage outside London to put the final touches on his Games preparation in the company of his wife and coach.

"I'm very blessed to be from a small country where we select our team back in March," he said.

"I've been focusing on my training and I've only just started racing, whereas many other people have peaked for their trials and then had to regather themselves.

"So I'm on the up and up each week, hopefully.

"That's the plan anyway."

Rugby

Results

2013/14 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

2014 Super Rugby Tournament

2013/14 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

Schedule

2014 Super Rugby Tournament

7:35pm NZST Fri, 18th April
9:40pm NZST Fri, 18th April
7:35pm NZST Sat, 19th April
9:40pm NZST Sat, 19th April
1:00am NZST Sun, 20th April

2013/14 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

6:45am NZST Sat, 19th April

League

Results

2014 NRL Premiership Season

2014 NRL National Youth Competition

2014 NRL Premiership Season

Schedule

2014 English Super League

7:00am NZST Fri, 18th April
7:00am NZST Fri, 18th April
7:00am NZST Fri, 18th April

2014 NRL National Youth Competition

3:45pm NZST Fri, 18th April

Tennis

Schedule

2013 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - KAZ v AUT

2:00am NZDT Sun, 3rd February

2013 Davis Cup World Group I 1st Rnd - TPE v AUS

2:00am NZDT Sun, 3rd February

2013 Fed Cup 1st Rnd - CZE v AUS

2:00am NZDT Sat, 9th February
2:00am NZDT Sun, 10th February

2013 Fed Cup 1st Rnd - ITA v USA

2:00am NZDT Sat, 9th February

2013 Open 13

2:00am NZDT Fri, 22nd February
2:00am NZDT Fri, 22nd February

Football

Results

2013/14 Spanish La Liga

2013/14 French Ligue 1

Lyon 1 - 0 Paris SG (FT)

2013/14 Italian Serie A

Schedule

2013/14 English League Championship

Blackburn vs. Yeovil

19 April 2:00am

Bournemouth vs. Sheff Wed

19 April 2:00am

Blackpool vs. Burnley

19 April 2:00am

Wigan vs. Reading

20 April 2:00am

Charlton vs. Bolton

20 April 2:00am

2013/14 English Premier League

20 April 2:00am