Monday, August 15, 2011

Jeshua Anderson leads Team USA into World University Games in China...

Washington State University's Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Paul Merca), the reigning USA champion in the 400 meter hurdles, will compete for Team USA this week at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, where he is one of the favorites to win the gold medal.

With the start of the IAAF World Championships less than one week after the Universiade, many of the top athletes have decided to not include the Games in their planning. On the other hand many younger athletes have decided to go to Shenzhen to experience the atmosphere of such an event and to learn what they can expect next year in London

Anderson, whose personal best of 47.93 set in winning the USA title over defending champ Bershawn Jackson and two time Olympic champ Angelo Taylor in Eugene, is the second fastest time in the world this season, will have Jack Green and Nathan Woodward of Great Britain as his most formidable competition.

Courtesy of Washington State University, here's a video interview with Anderson, shot before he left for China.

James Alaka of Great Britain, the University of Washington's Pac-10 champ at 100 and 200 meters, along with Husky senior javelin thrower Kyle Nielsen of Canada, and Washington State high jumper Holly Parent from Canada, will represent their countries at the World University Games.

Former Husky Märt Israel, who was officially named to his country's team for the world championships in Daegu will represent Estonia in the discus at the World University Games before heading to Korea.

Live online coverage of the World University Games is available all week via

In other news, former Husky Ingvill Måkestad (left/photo courtesy Norwegian athletics federation, won the Norwegian national championship in the city of Byrkjelo in the 800 meters over the weekend, running 2:02.02 in her final tuneup for the world championships, where she will contest both the 800 and 1500.

Former Washington State standout Ebba Jungmark finished second in the Swedish championships in the high jump, clearing 6-4 (1.93m) in Gavle, Sweden on Sunday.

NOTE: The IAAF and Washington State University contributed to this report.

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