Willis tweets about 'poor performance'
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 4:52p.m.
By 3 News online staff
New Zealand Olympic runner Nick Willis believes his performance in the 1500m final was a result of his failure to recover from earlier races.
Although he started strong, Willis finished in ninth place after fading in the last few hundred metres.
In a tweet this afternoon, Willis dismissed claims that his race strategy failed him in the pursuit of a medal.
“On reflection my poor performance wasn't likely a miss-timed peak, but inability to recover from rounds. How to fix that is the Q,” he wrote.
Former Olympian Sir John Walker has criticised Willis, saying he should have won the race and underperformed on the day.
Willis says he is now considering his next steps.
“Will take a few days away from running and support the remaining @nzolympics competitors, then decide what GP races I'll do,” he wrote on Twitter.
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8/08/2012 10:28:44 p.m.
Nick believes his failure in the 1500m final was a result of failure to recover from earlier races, well that's just part & parcel of him partaking in the business & all the same for the other competitors too of course.
8/08/2012 6:39:49 p.m.
Well done Nick. It is better to have tried and lost than never tried at all. Its a shame that someone as great as John Walker continues to dine out on his earlier successes by offering negative and unproductive feedback. Im sure he had many off days on his journey. Rio is next.
8/08/2012 6:13:37 p.m.
Deb Tamihere-Stevens wrote:
My view, Nick, you're a top man in victory and defeat, well done firstly for making the final and secondly for your honesty post race. As for the comment made by John Walker, uncalled for and hardly an encouragement. We as Kiwis all know you did your best and as an avid all round sporting addict good on you and all the best. By the way, you certainly needn't apologise.
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