Willis trails in well behind medals

Mike Kilpatrick, Yahoo! New Zealand Sport August 8, 2012, 8:22 am
Willis trails in well behind medals

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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.

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  1. bobh08:49am Thursday 01st May 2014 NZSTReport Abuse

    Looks like he blew his #$%$, just like at the Olympics.

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  2. Lyn09:23am Thursday 09th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    So proud of what you achieved. Go and enjoy what is left of your time over there WE are proud. Don't listen to the idiots out there.

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  3. John08:39am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Go Nick, getting to the final in an Olympics is a great effort ignore the press! I dont see to many reporters running the 1500 meters

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  4. 08:38am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    NZ media setting NZ up for a fall again. Just like in the 1999 rugby world cup.

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  5. Hayden08:38am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    It wasn't the pressure, he just didn't have the legs just like Val didn't have the distance. Val would of had to of thrown a new PB to win & that was after just the 2nd throw, that's what broke her & Nick just didn't have a legs for what was an extraordinary push by the Algerian winner.

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  6. Christine08:37am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Did his best but just not his day. Good race and still proud of him.

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  7. Hayden08:34am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Idiots. He's done us proud just making the final & he was always an outside shot. The real suprise was seing two of the heavily favoured Kenyans finish behind him & the other one just in front.

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  8. Christine08:33am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Poor guy, such huge expectations on him!

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  9. Michelle08:33am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Still a champion Nick :)

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  10. Marie08:32am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    exactly Todd. too much media pressure on Nick and Valerie.

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