Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jeshua Anderson runs fastest time in first round of 400 hurdles; Kyle Nielsen advances to javelin finals...

SHENZHEN, China--Jeshua Anderson, the reigning USA and NCAA champ out of Washington State University, ran the fastest time among the 33 competitors in the men's 400m hurdles preliminary heats to start day two of the track and field competition at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China, Wednesday.

Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., and a WSU senior last year, ran in the first of five heats and finished in a time of 49.78 seconds. The second-fastest time in the prelims was run by Michael Bultheel of Belgium, a time of 49.87 seconds. Twenty-four men advanced to the intermediate hurdles semifinals scheduled for Thursday evening, local time.

In other Wednesday morning events, the University of Washington's Kyle Nielsen, representing Team Canada, finished sixth in his flight of the javelin, throwing 236-9 (72.17m) to advance to Friday night's finals in that event.

Leslie Copeland of Fiji had the best throw in the two flights, rifling the spear a national record 263-11 (80.45m).

In action on Wednesday evening, University of Washington sophomore James Alaka will run in one of two semifinals in the men's 100 meters, with the finals later on in the evening.

The reigning Pac-10 champ at 100 and 200 meters from Great Britain, who last month took the European Under-23 title in the 100, ran 10.48 in Tuesday's first round, finishing second in his heat.

South Africa's Simon Magakwe ran the fastest time in Tuesday's first round action, clocking 10.30.

Results from the World University Games are available here (look for Athletics, then click on the box for that day).

A daily schedule of events is available here.

NOTE:  The sports information office at Washington State University and USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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