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Rio Olympics 2016: Nick Willis leaves it late to qualify for semifinals

As he did at the 2012 London Olympics, Nick Willis has safely progressed to the semifinals of the 1500m. Photo / Brett Phibbs
As he did at the 2012 London Olympics, Nick Willis has safely progressed to the semifinals of the 1500m. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Beijing Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis has stormed home over the final 50 metres of his heat in the 1500m to automatically qualify for the event's semifinal.

Despite sitting in ninth place with around 100 metres left to run, Willis showed great form in weaving his way through the pack to finish sixth in a time of 3:38.55 and qualify for the semifinals which take place on Friday morning.

However, it wasn't good news for fellow New Zealanders Hamish Carson and Julian Matthews who both failed to qualify out of their heats in the same event.

- NZ Herald

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