Michigan Olympic Updates: Men's Track & Field

Michigan Olympic Updates: Men's Track & Field

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Jeff Porter (USA) finished fifth in heat three of the 110-meter hurdles semifinals in a time of 13.41 on Wednesday (Aug. 8) at Olympic Stadium. Porter was the final Michigan men's track and field alum to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Jeff Porter (USA)110m Hurdles Semifinals5th, heat 3 (13.41)


Jeff Porter (USA) finished third in heat four of the opening round of the 110-meter hurdles at Olympic Stadium to advance to the semifinals. He clocked a time of 13.53 to secure the third and final automatic qualifying spot in his heat. The semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday (Aug. 8) at 2:15 p.m. EDT, with the final to follow at 4:15 p.m. EDT.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Nick Willis finished ninth in the finals of the 1,500-meter run. Sitting in fourth at the bell lap, Willis was unable to hold on and finished in a time of 3:36.94. Willis is a three-time Olympian and claimed the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Jeff Porter (USA)110m Hurdles First Round3rd, heat 4 (13.53+)
Nick Willis (New Zealand)1,500m Final9th (3:36.94)


New Zealand's Nick Willis qualified for the 1,500-meter run finals on Sunday (Aug. 5) at Olympic Stadium, finishing third in heat two in a time of 3:34.70. Willis was in the sixth position at the start of the bell lap, but a strong kick on the final straightaway moved him into third place as he crossed the finish line. Former Michigan teammate Nate Brannen(Canada) joined Willis in heat two, placing 12th in a time of 3:39.26. Brannen was sitting in the middle of the pack on lap three but was unable to recover after a fall on the back stretch sent him to the back of the pack. Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, will compete in the 1,500-meter final on Tuesday (Aug. 7) at 4:15 p.m. EDT.

Nick Willis (New Zealand)1,500m Semifinals3rd, heat 2 (3:34.70^)
Nate Brannen (Canada)1,500m Semifinals12th, heat 2 (3:39.26)


Former Michigan teammates Nick Willis (New Zealand) and Nate Brannen (Canada) each qualified for the 1,500-meter run semifinals on Friday (Aug. 3) at Olympic Stadium. Willis took first place in the third and final heat in a time of 3:40.92 to guarantee his spot in the semis. The New Zealand team captain sat in fifth place after the first lap and moved his way into the lead for good by the bell lap. In the second heat, Brannen was in sixth place at the start of the bell lap and a strong kick on the final straightaway moved him into fifth place with a time of 3:39.95. Ciaran O'Lionaird (2007-09), who ran his first three collegiate seasons at Michigan, represented Ireland in the 1,500m, finishing 13th in heat three in a time of 3:48.35.

Nate Brannen (Canada)1,500m First Round5th, heat 2 (3:39.95+)
Nick Willis (New Zealand)1,500m First Round1st, heat 3 (3:40.93+)
Ciaran O'Lionaird (Ireland)1,500m First Round13th, heat 3 (3:48.35)

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