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Jeshua Anderson finishes 5th at USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The WSU product didn't close the race as strong as he typically does, leaving him shy of a medal.

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During his WSU track career, Jeshua Anderson had the tendency to be nearly as strong at the end of his races as he was at the start. His closing kick wasn't quite up to Bernard Lagat legendary status, but it was very strong. He displayed that strong closing ability at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships when he held off the field to win the title.

Anderson was running for a second 400-meter hurdle title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday and while he once again started strong, that closing kick wasn't there and he dropped to a fifth-place finish down the closing stretch. Anderson started very well, running from Lane 1, and was in second place with 60 meters to go. He faded coming up to the final hurdle and eventually dropped back to fifth. You can watch a replay of the race here. Fortunately for Anderson, there are no outdoor World Championships this year, so he wasn't racing for a spot on the U.S. team.

While Anderson wasn't able to come away with a medal, 39-year-old Lagat showed he still had that finishing kick when he won gold in the 5,000-meter on Friday. It was Lagat's seventh national title in the 5,000 meters. Lagat made his final surge with 150 meters to go and blew away the rest of the field. There is a reason the man has a day named after him in Pullman. Video of that race can be found here.

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He may be 39-years old, but Bernard Lagat shows no signs of age whatsoever. The former Washington State standout and American distance legend defended his title in the final of the men’s 5,000m in style with a killer finishing kick to take his seventh U.S. crown in 13:31. The American-record holder cruised past Andrew Bumbalough and Hassan Mead for his second-straight 5k title.

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Among those training at World Athletics Center in Phoenix, Jeshua Anderson was fifth in men's 400 hurdles, Brad Walker fifth in pole vault, Melvin Echard seventh in long jump and Rachel Longfors ninth in discus.


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