Aug. 30, 2011
DAEGU, Korea -- Washington State University alum Jeshua Anderson finished 12th in the semifinals of the men's 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea, Tuesday.
Anderson, the reigning USA champion, ran a time of 49.33 seconds and finished fourth in the first heat. The top two finishers in the three heats and the next two fastest times comprise the eight-man final to be fun Sept. 1. Javier Culson from Puerto Rico ran the fastest time in the semifinals or 48.52 seconds. Americans Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor along with the world leader in time this year, South Africa's L.J. van Zyl advanced to the final. Anderson ran a time of 48.81 seconds in the qualifying round, the fastest time by an American, and the seventh fastest time of the 34 runners.
Anderson will return to Pullman to train for the year leading up to the US Olympic Trials June 22-25, and June 28-July 1, 2012, in Eugene.
Anderson quotes courtesy of Paul Merca (paulmerca.blogspot.com): "I started tying up a little early in the race."
(on whether or not he may have gone out slower than normal) "I don't know. I was just trying to run my own race, and the time I was going to kick it in, I didn't have it. I think my legs were dragging a bit tonight. Other than that, I thought I ran a good race."