Nick Willis has suffered a fall in the 1500 metres at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai today.
Willis was moving out from the pole line with 80 metres to run to get around the leaders when he clipped the heels of one of the Kenyans in the field, sprawling to the track and losing all chance of a good result.
He got back to his feet to finish 13th in 3 minutes 40.72 seconds, eight seconds behind winner, Beijing gold medallist Asbel Kiprop of Kenya.
"Ran the best first 1000m of my Diamond League career," Willis wrote in an email to Athletics New Zealand.
"But had a mental lapse going into the bell, and a bunch of kenyans caught me off-guard and went around me, while I got trapped on the inside stuck behind a tiring Daniel Komen.
"With 300m to go I was 20m back, but finally got out, and caught back up to the leaders with 100m. As I moved out wide, I clipped one of the others feet, and tumbled to the track ...
"Very disappointing to come all the way to China and not have my performance reflect my fitness. Regardless, I ran a poor tactical race from 1000-1200m, and that cost me a chance at the win. Even if I hadn't tripped, third was the best I could have finished. Good prep for my upcoming races in the US."
In the same race, Zane Robertson placed 15th in 3:42.08, five seconds off his best time, not being able to stick with the fast pace over the last 600 metres.
Javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar had a disappointing competition, throwing 76.36 metres on his final throw to place ninth, almost 10 metres below his best set 12 months ago in Japan. The competition was won by Tero Pitkamaki from Finland with a 2013-best throw of 87.60 metres.
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