Champion kiwi athlete Willis’s dream of emulating Snell at CWG ended by injurySeptember 19th, 2010 - 4:46 pm ICT by ANI
Wellington, Sep 19 (ANI): New Zealand middle distance runner Nick Willis’s dream of emulating Sir Peter Snell at the 2010 Commonwealth Games has ended as the Olympic Games silver medallist has been forced to pull out of the 800m in Delhi due to injury.
Willis will now focus on his preferred 1500m - the event that he won in Melbourne four years ago.
Snell won the imperial equivalents, the half-mile and mile, at the Empire Games in Perth in 1962.Willis had declared his intention to double up in Delhi last year. But the 27-year-old had knee surgery in March and has since overcome a hip problem, The New Zealand Herald reports.
“The 800m was off the cards as soon as I found out about my knee. I didn’t even have the qualifying time for it in the period required. Just coming back from the operation was enough of a challenge. The original thinking was to give me an additional motivation, given I had won the 1500m before. This is enough of a challenge for me at the moment,” the paper quoted Willis, as saying.
Willis has come back strongly from his injuries following his 1500m in Milan last week in 3m 35.17s against a field which included current world champion Yusuf Kamel of Bahrain.
Willis is expected to face some tough competition at the 2010 Games with the Kenyan contingent naming Silas Kiplagat (the fastest man over the distance in the world this year with a 3m 29s) and Asbel Kiprop (the athlete promoted to gold in the Olympic 1500m at Beijing). (ANI)
- Kenya eyes seven golds at London Olympics - Jul 17, 2012
- Olympics Athletics: Sally Pearson fastest hurdler, reinstated Toufiq triumphs (Roundup) - Aug 08, 2012
- Kemboi shifts base to Bristol to avoid public scrutiny - Jul 14, 2012
- Olympic: Algeria's Makhloufi kicks to gold in 1,500m - Aug 08, 2012
- Kiprop eyes gold at London Games - Jul 17, 2012
- Uganda athletes undergo doping test ahead of Olympics - Jul 03, 2012
- Ramzi stripped of Olympic gold for doping - Nov 19, 2009
- Powell edged out but Walker posts world-leading time - May 12, 2012
- Kenya's David Rudisha sets 800 m world record - Aug 23, 2010
- Olympics: Kemboi wins 3,000m steeplechase for Kenya - Aug 06, 2012
- Kenya to allow athletes to compete abroad prior to Olympics - Jun 13, 2012
- Champion Kiwi athlete, Willis, happy with Delhi CWG security arrangements - Sep 14, 2010
- Kenya returns to Olympic 4x400m men's relay - Jul 18, 2012
- German TV channel stands by its doping report - May 30, 2012
- Olympic dreams over for Sinimole and Sajeesh - Jul 06, 2012
Tags: 17s, 2010 commonwealth games, 800m, contingent, cwg, empire games, fastest man, half mile, imperial equivalents, kamel, knee surgery, middle distance, new zealand herald, olympic 1500m, olympic games, peter snell, silas, silver medallist, sir peter, world champion