Willis wins bronze in 1500m final

August 21, 2016

Kiwi runner Nick Willis has won the bronze medal in the men’s 1500m final at the Rio Olympics.

Willis ran a time of 3:50:24 minutes which was 0.24 seconds behind the winner Matthew Centrowitz of the United States.

It is Willis’ second Olympic medal, after he won silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The 33-year-old ran in the middle of the pack for much of the race, was in seventh place with one lap to go and then in 6th place with 100m left.

He sprinted well down the straight to claim bronze 0.05 seconds ahead of fourth placed Ayanleh Souleiman from Djibouti.

New Zealand now has won 18 medals at Rio – four gold, nine silver and five bronze.

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Way to go Nick!