June 26, 2011
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EUGENE -- Washington State's Jeshua Anderson added another championship to his resume Sunday, winning the 400m hurdles final in a photo finish at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Anderson, a senior from Woodland Hills, Calif., broke through the 48-seconds barrier for the first time with his finish in 47.93 seconds. Leading most of the race, Anderson had to out-lean Olympians Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor at the tape, and fell after crossing the line.
"My dad told me before I ran the final to `hit that finish line like you're running for a deep ball' and that's what I did," Anderson said.
Jackson, the 2010 USA champion as well as bronze medalist at both the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 World Championships, also finished in a time of 47.93. The electronic timing showed Anderson's race time as 47.921 and Jackson's time 47.930. Taylor, the 2000 and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, finished third in a time of 47.94.
Anderson, coached by WSU's Mark Macdonald, had run the top times in both the prelim and the semifinal races at the 2011 USA Championships. The three-time NCAA champion and school record-holder, Anderson had run the previous USA-leading time of 48.13 this spring in Tucson winning his fourth consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title. Only LJ van Zyl (South Africa) has run a faster intermediate hurdles time this year at 47.66.
Anderson's plans for the rest of the summer include working at the Cougar Track Camp this week in Pullman, in addition to continuing his training regimen with Coach Macdonald.
"I want to be able to go to my first European meet as a professional to win it and not just run it," Anderson said.
Anderson will make his professional debut July 22, at the Herculis Meet in Monaco, part of the Diamond League series. He has also committed to compete at the World University Games, August 12-23, in Shenzhen, China.
Anderson, Jackson and Taylor will be the USA Team competitors at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 27 - September 4, at Daegu, Korea. Anderson joins another Cougar alum, 1500m and 5000m qualifier Bernard Lagat, headed to Daegu.
The following quotes are from the USA Track & Field website (www.usatf.com):
Jeshua Anderson, First Place, Men's 400 Meter Hurdles (Senior)
On how he feels:
"This is something I've been working towards for a long time. I've been preparing to run my best race at USA's. I gave it my all, I'm so thankful to have won."
On finishing so close with Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor:
"We're all so close, like a family. They are great guys."
On his plans for World's:
"I want to compete well and get out hard and just relax during the race. I just want to give it my all the last 200 meters."
Bershawn Jackson, Second Place, Men's 400 Meter Hurdles (Senior)
On the race:
"My hamstring was really nagging me. I was really favoring it the first five hurdles. When I got to the eighth hurdle, I was at least five or ten meters behind in the last 100. It was all guts and determination and I had the desire to come and pull it through."
On the close race:
"This is probably the closest race I've been in, in whole career. It was definitely a close race."