July 26, 1999
Winnipeg, Canada - Andrea Anderson, who recently completed her collegiate eligibility at UCLA, placed fourth in the 400m at the Pan American Games with a time of 52.43.
"I just tried to execute my zones," Anderson said. "My coach wanted to try a new strategy and wanted to use this meet as a practice for that. I ran the race in thirds, getting out and maintaining through 150, then running the backstretch and feeling the competition, seeing where everyone is going - then finishing with a strong push. I thought I responded well to that."
Mexico's Ana Guevara won the gold with a time of 50.91, followed by Michelle Collins of the USA (51.21). Anderson was just less than a second out of a bronze medal, with Jamaica's Claudine Williams edging her out with a time of 51.58.
"This was my first international experience in an open race, and I was really happy to have the opportunity to be here," Anderson said. "It taught me a lot: how to prepare, how to make a final, and eventually how to start winning."
400m (FINAL) 1. Ana Guevara, MEX, 50.91,2. Michelle Collins, Raleigh, N.C., 51.21, 3. Claudine Williams, JAM, 51.58, 4. Andrea Anderson, Harbor City, Calif., 52.43, 5. Melissa Straker, BAR, 52.90, 6. Norfalia Carabali, COL, 53.06.