News | Sports
24 Oct 2017 11:47
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports

    Willis keeps coach Warhurst on edge

    Double Olympic medallist Nick Willis gifted coach Ron Warhurst with a few more grey hairs in qualifying for the world championships 1500m final in London.


    Nick Willis has caused coach Ron Warhurst a few grey hairs over the last 15 years, and managed a few more in qualifying for the world athletics championships 1500m final in London.

    Running in the second of two semi-finals on Saturday (NZT), and with only the first five earning automatic qualification, Willis clocked three minutes 38.68 seconds in finishing sixth.

    But he eased through into Monday's final as one of the two fastest finishers outside the top five in both semis.

    Warhurst said 34-year-old Willis's unusual tactics - pushing the pace near the front of the field rather than staying out of trouble at the back - had caught him by surprise.

    "As usual Nick always makes it interesting no matter what," Warhurst said.

    "Usually he likes to run from the back but I think he wanted to make sure that he wasn't getting kicked around or anything, and just to make sure he got in.

    "He doesn't run well from the front so I don't think you'll see that tactic on Sunday (London time)."

    Willis, who won silver over 1500m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and bronze in Rio last year, is contesting his sixth world championships, with his best finish a sixth place in 2015.

    He's still working his way back into form following a post-Rio break, however, with chronic shin splints restricting his bid to post a qualifying time until late July.

    Willis has a season's best of 3:34.74, but hasn't had enough track time or racing to approach his all-time best of 3:29.66 from 2015.

    Warhurst says Willis still has the capacity to feature in the final.

    "I wouldn't put anything past him, he's surprised people before both good and bad," the American said.

    "It's all a matter of where his mindset is at for this one."

    Willis has a day to rest up and work some spring back into his step, then will join Warhurst to work out a plan for the final.

    "We'll go over the race and look at who's in it and then make the final decision how he's going to run it.

    "I think the best thing for Nick is stay in the back and watch it unfold."


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Sports News
     24 Oct: Hartley earns second Grand Prix start
     24 Oct: Elderly cyclist dies after Rangiora fall
     24 Oct: Duffie, Tamanivalu keep Savea on the outer
     23 Oct: Berisha facing ban after touching official
     23 Oct: King battles into New York squash final
     23 Oct: Meninga faces tough No.6 call: Gillett
     23 Oct: Vestas early leader in Volvo Ocean Race
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Duffie, Tamanivalu keep Savea on the outer More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Fletcher's trading halt ahead of AGM More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Peter Dinklage has become a dad for the second time 11:34

    Living & Travel:
    French President Emmanuel Macron's dog Nemo interrupts meeting to pee on fireplace 11:17

    International:
    James Toback: Who is the latest Hollywood mogul accused of sexual harassment? 11:17

    Law and Order:
    Thames attempted murder accused in court 11:07

    Entertainment:
    Liam Payne has praised his girlfriend Cheryl Tweedy as a “fantastic” mum 11:04

    Law and Order:
    Murder-accused to face Hamilton jury 10:47

    Entertainment:
    Kit Harington “cried” when he read the final ‘Game of Thrones’ script 10:34

    Business:
    Fletcher's trading halt ahead of AGM 10:27

    Business:
    Vocus puts Orcon up for sale 10:07

    Entertainment:
    Jennifer Aniston hopes ‘Friends’ will “inspire people” to put down their phones and communicate with one another 10:04


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd