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Carson heaping pressure on Rio selectors

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/05/2016

New Zealand runner Hamish Carson has produced a second Olympic 1500m B-standard qualifying performance in the space of a week.

Carson is knocking on the selectors' door for Rio after winning at the Windsor Open meet in Ontario, Canada on Saturday, heading a field which featured three other Kiwis.

The five-time New Zealand 1500m champion won in 3min 36.65 sec, a time which falls midway between the A-qualifying mark of 3:36.20 and the B-standard 3:37.20.

He saw off Julian Matthews by 0.29sec while Eric Speakman was fifth and former Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis dropped out after acting as a pacemaker.

Carson was quicker last week at a race near Philadelphia, where he trimmed nearly 2sec off his previous best time.

That race was the scene of an A-qualifying run for Matthews (3:36.14), who looks set to race at Rio alongside Willis, who has already qualified for the blue riband event.

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