Willis sets new record weeks out from Olympics

Last updated 06:59 21/07/2012

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Nick Willis has smashed his own New Zealand 1500m record just two weeks out from his Olympic event.

Willis ran 3 minutes 30.35 seconds,  finishing third at the Monaco Diamond League meeting this morning.

The time is 1.44 seconds faster than what he ran at the same meeting in Monaco last year. The time is also an Oceania record, beating the 3m 31.06s set by Australian Ryan Gregson in 2010.

The race was won by Beijing Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop from Kenya in the world's fastest time for 2012 of 3m 28.88s, followed by fellow Kenyan Nixon Chepseba in 3m 29.77s.

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