SHENZHEN, China--Washington State University's three time NCAA 400 hurdles champion and the recent USA national champ Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Paul Merca) added another prestigious title to his resume, winning the World University Games championship Friday night as day four of the track & field competition at the Universiade Center Stadium concluded.
Anderson, running in his final tuneup race before heading over to Daegu, South Korea for the IAAF World Track & Field Championships, ran 49.03 to comfortably take the victory, with Japan's Takayuki Kishimoto second at 49.52, and Kurt Couto of Mozambique picking up the bronze medal in 49.61.
This victory marks his second major international title, having won the IAAF world junior championship in this event in 2008.
In another final, the University of Washington's James Alaka from Great Britain finished fourth, one spot out of a place on the podium in the men's 200, running 20.67, as Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica led a 1-3 finish for his country, winning in a personal best of 20.20, with Thuso Mpuang of South Africa, and Dwyer's teammate Jason Young going 2-3 in identical times of 20.59.
Alaka finished third in his semifinal earlier in the evening to advance to the final, running 20.81.
Kyle Nielsen, who recently finished his eligibility at the University of Washington, finished tenth in the men's javelin finals for Team Canada, throwing 245-5 (74.81m).
Faith Avan of Turkey took home the gold medal with a toss of 274-11 (83.79m), with Roman Avramenko of the Ukraine second at 267-1 (81.42m), and Igor Janik of Poland rounding out the medalists at 261-4 (79.65m).
In the other Friday event involving an athlete with a Washington affiliation, Washington State University sophomore high jumper Holly Parent from Canada finished ninth in Group B qualifying, clearing 5-8 3/4 (1.75m), as Pac-10 rival Brigitta Barrett of Arizona & the USA led qualifying for Sunday's finals at 5-10 3/4 (1.80m).
No Washington affiliated athletes are competing Saturday, with only former Husky Märt Israel left in the men's discus finals, which will be contested on Sunday at 6:40 pm local time (3:40 am in Seattle).
Complete results from Friday's competition are available here (click on the event).
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