28 Aug 2015

Willis and Matthews advance in Beijing

7:54 am on 28 August 2015

The two New Zealand middle distance runners Nick Willis and Julian Matthews have both qualified for the semi finals of the 1500m at the world track and field champs in Beijing.

Willis contested the third and final heat and comfortably paced himself in finishing third.

The New Zealand runner Nick Willis.

Nick Willis Photo: Photosport

The first six from each heat plus the six fastest losers all advanced to the next round.

Matthews finished sixth in his heat to automatically advance to the semi finals on Friday.

The final is on Sunday at 11.45pm

Julian Matthews (centre) contests the 1500m heats at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Julian Matthews (centre) competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Photo: Photosport

Nikki Hamblin was due to compete in the women's 5000m but had to withdraw with a foot injury.