New Zealand middle distance runner Nick Willis has eased into the final of the men's 1500 metres at the London Olympics.
The Beijing silver medallist finished third in his semi-final to clinch a place in the medal race this morning.
Five runners from each semi-final qualified automatically, as well the next two fastest of the rest.
Willis was in the quicker of the two semi-finals, which was won by Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider in 3min 39.99sec.
Iguider kicked away on the back straight to finish ahead 2011 world silver medallist Silas Kiplagat of Kenya.
The 29-year-old Willis settled in near the rear in the opening stages before gradually working his way up the field.
He looked comfortable as he crossed the line in 3:34.70.
The other semi-final was won by Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi, who kicked away from Olympic and world champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya to cross in a time of 3:42.24, with Kiprop second.
Willis will race the final on Wednesday morning (NZT)