Kiwi runner Nick Willis finishes fifth in Wanamaker Mile in New York

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Kiwi runner Nick Willis has fallen short at the Wanamaker Mile for the sixth time, shut out of a podium finish at the indoor race in New York.

New Zealand's Nick Willis competes during the Men's 1500m.

New Zealand's Nick Willis competes during the Men's 1500m.

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Willis was fifth in the race which is the most high-profile event at the Millrose Games meet.

Having finished a runner-up three times previously and third twice, the 34-year-old's result on Sunday (NZT) was his worst.

He clocked 3 minutes 57.72 seconds, more than 3sec behind Chris O'Hare, who became the first British winner in 53 years.

It was a Scottish 1-2, with Josh Kerr storming home in second.

US-based Willis boasted the fastest mile time (3:49.83) in the 11-man field but the two-time Olympic medallist warned before the race that he may have been affected by a recent bout of the flu and the birth of his second son.

Willis is building towards the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Watch FULL LIVE COVERAGE of the 21st Commonwealth Games free-to-air on TVNZ from April 4, 2018.

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