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Perham's Anderson posts fastest 1,500 time by a Minnesota runner

FARGO - Former Perham, Minn., track and field standout Gabriele Anderson, now racing for Team Minnesota USA, won the women's 1,500 meters at a meet in Lignano, Italy, on Tuesday with a world class and personal-best time of 4 minutes, 4.84 seconds.

Her previous best was 4:06.46. It came at the Meeting Internazionale di Atletica Leggera, which was her second race in a European outdoor track. Anderson now has posted the fastest women's 1,500 meters of all time by a runner from Minnesota, surpassing 2004 Olympian Carrie Tollefson (4:06.13), Minnesota Hall of Famer Sarah Thorsett (4:05.87) and 2008 and 2012 Olympian Kara Goucher (4:05.14).

"I've been in so many situations this year where I was trying to run a sub-4:06 race, and in each of those races, I hadn't felt quite as in control as I did last night," Anderson said on her Team Minnesota website. "I knew my training indicated that I was capable of being faster than I've run earlier this year, but you never know what's going to happen in a race."

Anderson finished fourth in the U.S. Track and Field Trials in June.

"After I got over the letdown of not making the Olympics, I tried to focus on coming to Europe and just having fun racing," she said. "It's nice to know that even though I didn't make the Olympics this year, that I'm still now considered a 'world class' runner having run the 'A' standard finally."