Anderson Leads Semifinals at World Junior Championships

July 10, 2008

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- For the second consecutive day, Washington State University freshman Jeshua Anderson ran the fastest time in the men's 400m hurdles by clocking in with a time of 49.90 seconds in the semifinal heats Thursday at the 12th Annual International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., won the second of three heats with a time of 49.90 seconds. The top two finishers in each semifinals heat and the next two fastest times advanced on to the eight-man final slated for July 11. The other USA competitor in this event, Johnny Dutch from the University of South Carolina, won the first heat in a time of 50.40 seconds.

Anderson won the 2008 USA Junior Championship 400m hurdles title with a meet and stadium record-time of 49.28 seconds. This title was added to the NCAA Championships and Pacific-10 Conference Championship titles Anderson also claimed in 2008. He ran at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene last month, finishing ninth in the men's intermediate hurdles semifinals (48.92).

He set a school record and lifetime-best 400m hurdles mark of 48.69 seconds at the NCAA Championship final.

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