Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jeshua Anderson moves on to finals at World University Games...

SHENZHEN, China--Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Mike Scott), who recently finished an outstanding collegiate career at Washington State University, advanced to the finals in the men's 400 meter hurdles as day 3 of track & field at the World University Games concluded Thursday evening.

In his final meet before heading to Daegu for the IAAF world track & field championships, Anderson, the reigning USA and NCAA champion, finished second in his semifinal, running 49.72, behind Kurt Couto of Mozambique who ran 49.68.

Out of the three semifinal heats, Takayuki Kishimoto of Japan had the fastest time at 49.53.

Anderson will run in the finals on Friday at 7:15 pm, local time (4:15 am in Seattle).

University of Washington sophomore James Alaka from Great Britain advanced to Friday's semifinals in the 200, running 21.13 to finish third in his second round heat.

The semis in the men's 200 is scheduled for 6:25 pm, local time (3:15 am in Seattle).

On Friday morning, Märt Israel of Estonia, who has been named to his country's squad for Daegu, competes in the qualifying round of the men's discus.

Also competing Friday are a pair of Canadians with Washington affiliations--Holly Parent from Washington State in the women's high jump qualifying, and Kyle Nielsen, who recently finished his career at the University of Washington, in the javelin finals.

Complete results from the World University Games are available here (click on the day). You can also watch streaming video of the World University Games at livefisu.tv.

NOTE:  Here is a link to the Swedish Athletics Federation release announcing that former Washington State standout Ebba Jungmark will compete in Daegu in the high jump.  The 2008 NCAA indoor champion finished second in the Swedish national championships over the weekend, and will participate in her second world championships, competing in the 2007 worlds in Osaka.

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