Anderson Claims World Junior Championship in 400m Hurdles

July 11, 2008

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Jeshua Anderson, a freshman at Washington State University, bettered his personal and school record time when he won the men's 400m hurdles Friday at the 12th Annual International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., won the eight-man final race in a time of 48.68 seconds. The other USA competitor in the race, Johnny Dutch, from the University of South Carolina, finished second in a time of 49.25 seconds.

Anderson set a school record and lifetime-best 400m hurdles mark of 48.69 seconds at the NCAA Championship final last month in Des Moines, Iowa. In other notable intermediate hurdles races in the 2008 season, Anderson won the Texas Relays, the Mt. SAC Relays, the Pacific-10 Conference Championship, and the NCAA West Regional Championship. He went on to win the 2008 USA Junior Championship 400m hurdles title with a meet and stadium record-time of 49.28 seconds in Columbus, Ohio. Anderson ran at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene last month, finishing ninth in the men's intermediate hurdles semifinals (48.92).

Anderson is not done at the World Junior Championships as he will run on the men's 4x400m relay team in preliminary heats Saturday, aiming for the Sunday final.

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