Nick Willis To Receive Long-Overdue Olympic Medal

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 17, 2011

Nick Willis will receive the Olympic silver medal later this month. Photo:

He will be awarded the medal by his boyhood hero.

On February 26, New Zealand middle-distance specialist Nick Willis will be awarded with the 2008 Olympic silver medal in the 1,500m event. The medal had previously been awarded to Rashid Ramzi. However, he was disqualified for a doping violation. Willis had placed third in the Olympic final.

Willis will be presented with the medal by another famous New Zealand runner: Sir John Walker. Walker had won the 1,500m gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He was also the previous owner of the world record in the mile and the first person to run 100 sub-4:00 miles.

“It’s great to see a Kiwi like Nick doing so well and I’m delighted to be part of what will be a very proud moment for him, his family and all New Zealanders,” said Walker.

Willis calls his award by Walker, his boyhood hero, a “a great, great honor”.

He is planning to represent his country at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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