23 Feb 2010

Nick Willis to race in Melbourne next week

6:52 am on 23 February 2010

Olympic 1500metres silver medallist and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Nick Willis has confirmed he'll race in the Melbourne Track Classic next week to take on Australia's best.

Willis is in good form after breaking Sir John Walker's national indoor 1500 metre record in Birmingham at the weekend.

26-year-old Willis will return to Melbourne on the comeback trail from a serious hip injury that ruled him out of the 2009 World championships and as he looks towards his Commonwealth Games title defence.

He says he's pumped to return to Melbourne to race again, winning the 1500m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in front of 90,000 people at the MCG was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Willis will face Australian World championships 1500m representatives Jeff Riseley and Jeremy Roff and Beijing Olympics 1500m runner Mitch Kealey in Melbourne, in what looms as an enticing prelude to the track action at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in October.