19 Aug 2016

Willis into 1500m final

12:55 pm on 19 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - New Zealand middle distance runner Nick Willis has qualified for the men's 1500m final.

Nick Willis.

Nick Willis. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Willis finished third fastest in his semi final in a time of 3:39:96, the sixth fastest time of the finalists.

Beijing gold medallist Asbel Kiprop of Kenya won the race in a time of 3:39:73, while defending Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria came second.

Ben Blankenship of the USA and Charlie Grice of Great Britain also qualified for the final.

Willis finished ninth in the final of the 1500m at the London 2012 Olympics.