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Double Olympic medalist Nick Willis content as he kicks off season with victory

April 20, 2017

"I didn't feel as easy as I have when I've won this before. The turnover was there, but holding the speed I was struggling a little bit the last 50. I don't have that speed endurance [yet] but I'm not too worried."

By Marc Hinton, Stuff

After nearly eight months since he last raced in anger, Nick Willis wasn't expecting the world when he stuck his toe on the start-line in Boston for the first time since the Rio Olympic 1500m final.

So, after striding to his third victory in the B.A.A. Mile in 4 minutes 13.2 seconds, the New Zealander had to admit to satisfaction, despite the modest time and it being the toughest of his hat-trick of race wins.

The two-time Olympic 1500m medalist from Wellington used his renowned kick on the last lap to just pull clear of USA indoor Mile runner-up Cristian Soratos (4:13.5) and American compatriot Will Leer (4:13.7) to nudge the tape first at the Boston Marathon finish line.

"It's a really good way to start the 2017 campaign," said Willis afterwards. "It's been [just under] eight months since I've raced so I was very nervous. It was just foreign going through the warmup protocol and all that.

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Tags: will leer (37) , nick willis (109) , cristian soratos (12) , b.a.a. mile (10)

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