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Dream Mile makes Nick Willis’ bucket list

June 13, 2014

"It shows that the 5000m training I've been doing hasn't impacted on the shorter distance. If anything, it probably helps it; I'm very happy.''

By Tony Smith,

Nick Willis is ''stoked'' at achieving a ''huge career bucket list item'' by cracking the 3 minute-50 second Mile barrier in a confidence-boosting performance before next month's Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old Wellingtonian produced a personal record in clocking 3min, 49.83sec to finish second behind world indoor champion Ayanleh Souleiman from Djibouti in the Bislett Games Diamond League Dream Mile in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday PM.

Willis dashed off a Facebook message saying, simply: ''3:49!'' and then tweeted that he was ''so stoked'' because ''sub-3.50 is a huge career bucket list item''.

Willis bettered his previous PR set six years ago when he ran 3min, 50.66 sec at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, in 2008. Wednesday's Dream Mile scorcher was just 0.75sec outside the New Zealand Mile record of 3min 49.08sec, set by Sir John Walker at the Bislett Games in 1982 - a year before Willis was born.

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