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Jeshua Anderson’s Olympic dream continues, former WSU star through to the 400 meter finals at Olympic trials

WITH THE RAIN pouring down in Eugene on Friday, CouGreat Jeshua Anderson advanced to the final round of the 400 meter hurdles at the US Olympic Trials, finished third in his heat. Anderson pulled it off with a strong 49.84 second performance, beating his mark from the first round by 0.25.

Anderson was one or two paces behind the two leaders in the semifinal heat, but well in front of the fourth place finisher. He cruised past the finish line with a comfortable placement of third, but also knows that he will have to put forth his absolute best when he competes in the finals on Sunday to make the US team.

Anderson finished eighth overall in the semifinal round. But with the fastest time coming in at 49.15 -- and expected to go lower on Sunday -- it is clear that the level of competition is rising. Anderson needs to finish in the top three to make the US team.

Back in 2011 and competing for Washington State, Anderson ran the second fastest time in the world that year in the 400 meter hurdles -- a 47.93.  His slow-to-heal hamstring injury followed, but his personal best shows his potential -- and he’s still only 26 years old.

With one more 'hurdle' remaining at the trials, Anderson has a shot to erase memories of the injury that kept him out of the Olympics in 2012.

From my chair, I’m looking for Anderson to come out strong on Sunday and go strong after the chance to put on the red, white, and blue at this summer’s Olympic games in Rio.


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