Michigan Olympians take the field Saturday
Saturday’s men’s 1,500 final has a distinct American flavor — all three U.S. Olympians advanced through the semifinal heats, led by Matt Centrowitz.
But Michigan has a say, too — albeit with an international flair.
Ann Arbor’s Nick Willis, the 34-year-old New Zealander — and former NCAA champion at Michigan — finished third in his heat in 3 minutes 39.96 seconds. He’s looking to add to the silver he won in Beijing in 2008.
Then there’s Nate Brannen, also a former Michigan All-American competing for Canada. He was seventh in his heat, grabbing the last berth in the final based on his time of 3:40.20.
Here’s a look at the Michigan contingent in action (Team USA unless noted):
* Nate Brannen (Michigan, Canada): Track & field, 1,500 final, 8:30 p.m.
* Alisha Glass (Leland): Women’s volleyball vs. Netherlands for bronze, noon
* Nick Willis (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, New Zealand): Track & field, 1,500 final, 8:30 p.m.