Aug. 28, 2011
DAEGU, Korea -- Washington State University alum Jeshua Anderson advanced to the semifinals of the men's 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea, Monday.
Anderson, the reigning USA champion, ran a time of 48.81 seconds, the fastest time in the fifth heat of the qualifying round, the fastest time by an American, and the seventh fastest time of the 34 runners.
Twenty-four men advanced to the semifinals which will be contested Tues., Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Korea which is 3:30 a.m. in the Pacific Time Zone.
WSU assistant coach Mark Macdonald is in Daegu with Anderson.
Anderson quotes courtesy of Paul Merca (paulmerca.blogspot.com): "Today went real good. The hardest part of the race was getting to the first hurdle (he drew lane 1). I couldn't see it as the clock was in the way. I've done this race so many times so I know instinctively when a hurdle is coming up, and that hurdle came up fast--that track is fast!
"I can't wait to let loose and let my stride go.
(on winning the World University Games title) "I got a big confidence boost from that. I ran well in the first round, but lost a little focus in the semis. In the final I ran out of lane eight, which was a blessing as I couldn't see anybody, and had to battle the climate and the humidity (which will help here in Korea).
(on what to expect Tuesday) "It's just doing what I did today. I want to make sure I keep my country in the finals, go out there and let it loose."