Hamblin hits 1500m form

Double Commonwealth Games silver medallist Nikki Hamblin has clocked her fastest 1500m time in almost two years at an international athletics meeting in Canada.

Hamblin placed third in four minutes 10.8 seconds, the fifth-ever fastest time by a New Zealander.

Canada's Hilary Stellingwerff won the race in Burnaby with 4:07.51, with United States runner Sarah Bowman-Brown second in 4:09.25.

The race was Hamblin's first solid outing since injury forced her out of last year's London Olympics, and is her fastest time since running a New Zealand record 4:04.82 in July 2011.

She won silver over 800m and 1500m at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Hamblin has another race at the Vancouver International Track Classic on Saturday (NZT) before making a decision on her racing for the remainder of the northern summer.