20 Aug 2008

Legend hails Nick Willis's achievement

12:46 pm on 20 August 2008

New Zealand's greatest Olympic athlete Peter Snell has hailed Nick Willis's bronze medal win as "stunning", saying the track events are a lot harder today than when he was racing.

The African nations are the frontrunners now and triple gold medallist Snell says Willis's bronze is very impressive, a perfect race for him.

The former Hutt Valley resident, who's now living in the United States, says he's pleased to carry on New Zealand's successes in the 15 hundred metres.

Snell says he's ecstatic for Willis, who came in behind runners from Bahrain and Kenya to win New Zealand's first track medal in more than 3 decades.

Snell says Willis is just getting better.

Snell was worried by the fact Willis took up a US college scholarship, as those athletes have to do a lot of racing.

But Willis has been allowed to pick and choose his races and Snell says he's continuing to improve.