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• 'We're not happy' — Athletics NZ bewildered by Nick Willis's absence

Athletics New Zealand is urging the IAAF to change its "appalling" selection process after the organisation was left blindsided by the unavailability of Nick Willis for the World Championships.

Even though Willis failed to meet the automatic qualifying standard by 0.99 seconds, high performance director Scott Goodman was so sure the 36-year-old would gain entry into the men's 1500m via a second chance process that travel arrangements had already been made for the two-time Olympic Games medallist to join the rest of the New Zealand squad in Doha.

"We were good to go and expected to get the invite but it didn't happen," Goodman said. 

In order to automatically qualify for the World Championships, Willis was required to run a time of 3 minutes 36 seconds before the September 6 deadline. However, after toying with a switch to the 5000m earlier in the season, he could only manage a time of 3 minutes 36.99 seconds in his final hit-out on September 1.

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