Nick Willis of New Zealand has pulled out of next month’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin to fully recover from hip surgery and prepare for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

"I am back running for 50 to 60 minutes four or five times a week so I’m getting fairly fit, but I can’t put in the intensive quality work on the track to get race sharp," Willis, the Beijing Olympic 1,500 metres bronze medallist said.

"It is not worth taking those extra gambles for what would be a mediocre showing at the world champs given my background."

At the Bird’s Nest Stadium in China, Willis clocked 3:34.16 to finish behind Rashid Ramzi and Asbel Kipruto Kiprop.

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