Angelo Taylor

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Angelo Taylor

Angelo Taylor (born December 29, 1978 in Albany, Georgia) is a former Georgia Tech hurdler and management major. Taylor is an All-American, a National Champion, and an Olympic gold medalist. He ran for Georgia Tech from 1997-98 until he decided to pursue a professional career in track. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.




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High School

Taylor attended Southwest Dekalb High School where he was a varsity tri-athlete in football, basketball, and track.[1] His junior year, he won HS state championships in the Georgia Olympics for the 300m hurdles, 400m, and triple jump. The following year in Jefferson, Georgia he won state titles in the 400m (46.7s), 300m hurdles, triple jump, 4x400m, and 4x100m leading Southwest Dekalb to their second straight team state championship in track.[2][3]

In addition, the Southwest Dekalb football team also won a state championship. In 1996, he also won the National Scholastic Championship in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.13, a meet record, in addition to placing third at the World Junior Championships in 50.18.[4] That same year Angelo Taylor was honored as the "Old Spice Athlete of the Month" in Sports Illustrated's May issue and was later name the "Old Spice Athlete of the Year." In addition to Taylor's athletic accomplishments, he was a 4-time honor roll student during high school.[5]

College

Angelo Taylor joined Georgia Tech's Track Program immediately his freshmen year. At the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, he placed second in the 400m (47.74), won the 400m hurdles (49.35), and was the anchor leg for the winning 4x400m relay(3:06.23)[6] He followed this impressive ACC Championship with a third place finish in the 400m (46.18) at NCAA Indoors and a second place finish in the 400m hurdles (48.72 PR) in the NCAA Outdoors. His efforts at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships earned him All-American honors.

Taylor continued to improve going into his sophomore year winning the ACC Indoor 400m (46.01), 400m hurdles (49.18), and 4x400m (3:01.89).[7] He then placed 3rd in the 400m at NCAA Indoor. Taylor followed his impressive indoor season with an incredible outdoor season in the 400m hurdles placing second (47.92) at the Goodwill Games, winning NCAA Outdoors (48.18), and placing second ast USA Outdoors (47.98 PR).[8] In 1999, Angelo Taylor decided to leave Georgia Tech to pursue his career in professional track; however, Head Men's Track Coach Grover Hinsdale continued to be Taylor's coach.

Professional Career

Angelo Taylor winning the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

In 1999, Angelo Taylor started his professional career with a bang, winning the 400m (45.50) USA Indoor Championship and 400m hurdles (48.49) in the USA Outdoor Championship. In addition, he ran the third leg of the gold winning 4x400m relay (2:56.47) at the World Championships.[9]

In 2000, Angelo Taylor took his abilities to another level. He began the year winning the IAAF Overall Grand Prix Title and walking away with the $250,000 check for his victory. He followed this outstanding victory with a win in the U.S. Olympic trials in the 400m hurdles (47.62). Taylor then looked to make his make on the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He did winning two gold medals by running the second leg in the winning 4x400m relay and by winning the 400m hurdles out of lane 1 (47.50) with the fastest time in the world during the year 2000.[10] He finished the year ranked as the number one 400m hurdler in the world with personal bests of bests of 47.50 (400m hurdles) and 44.89 (400m).[11]

Angelo Taylor followed this fabulous year by winning USA Outdoors in the 400m hurdles (48.53) and also running the anchor leg of the Outdoor World Champion 4x400m relay (2:57.54). Angelo Taylor also had outstanding performances at Lausanne on the IAAF Super Grand Prix in the 400m hurdles (47.95) and the Princeton Invitational (44.68) winning both and posting bests for the year. Unfortunately, Taylor also experienced some bad luck placing fourth in the semi-finals at World Outdoors in the 400m hurdles after clipping a hurdle and losing balance in addition to suffering from congestion problems during part of the year.[12] From 2001 to 2006, Angelo Taylor didn't remotely touch the success of his previous years. During this time, he only won major meets in the 400m during 2002 USA Outdoor Championship (45.00) and the Nike Prefontaine Classic (44.85). In addition, Taylor's only 400m hurdle victories occurred in 2003 at Turin (48.94) and Milan (48.95).[13] Unfortunately, Angelo Taylor suffered many dissappointments during this time, placing seventh in the 400m hurdles during the 2002 USA Outdoor Championship and fourth in the preliminaries of the 400m hurdles at the 2003 USA Outdoor Championship. Taylor also placed second at the 2004 Olympic trials and fourth in the semifinals of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[14]

Following the 2004 Summer Olympics, he took a break from competition during 2005 and then placed a disappointing fifth place in the 400m semifinals at the 2006 USA Outdoors Championship. Taylor then rebounded the next year first on the international circuit placing first in the 400m at Sheffield (45.25), second in Madrid (45.05), and first in Atlanta (44.35). He also performed well on the international circuit in the 400m hurdles placing first at Dakar (48.68) and first at Monaco (48.45).[15] Taylor continued to return to his success at the previous 2000 Summer Olympics with a superb year in 2008. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he won gold medals in the 400m hurdles (47.25PR) and the 4x400m relay (2:55.39, an Olympic Record).[16]

Medals

Medal record
Angelo Taylor
Angelo Taylor
Competitor for United States
Men's Track and Field
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Summer Olympics 2000 Sydney
Gold 2008 Summer Olympics 2008 Beijing
Gold 2008 Summer Olympics 2008 Beijing
IAAF World Championship
Gold 2007 Osaka 4x400 m relay
Gold 2009 Berlin 4×400 m relay
Bronze 2007 Osaka 400 m

References

  1. Rehm, Matt. 1997 Georgia Tech Track Media Guide. Atlanta, GA: Franklin's Printing, 1997.
  2. Rehm, Matt. 1997 Georgia Tech Track Media Guide. Atlanta, GA: Franklin's Printing, 1997.
  3. "www.ghsa.net." Georgia High School Association . GHSA, 2010. Web. 12/05/2010. <http://www.ghsa.net/ghsa-boys-track-champions>
  4. "www.usatf.org." USA Track and Field. USA Track and Field, 12/29/09. Web. 5 Dec 2010. http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/Taylor_Angelo.asp
  5. Rehm, Matt. 1997 Georgia Tech Track Media Guide. Atlanta, GA: Franklin's Printing, 1997.
  6. "Career Highlights." Angelo Taylor . N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Dec 2010. <http://angelotaylorusa.com/careerhighlights>.
  7. "Career Highlights." Angelo Taylor . N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Dec 2010. <http://angelotaylorusa.com/careerhighlights>.
  8. "www.usatf.org." USA Track and Field. USA Track and Field, 12/29/09. Web. 5 Dec 2010. http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/Taylor_Angelo.asp
  9. "www.usatf.org." USA Track and Field. USA Track and Field, 12/29/09. Web. 5 Dec 2010. http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/Taylor_Angelo.asp
  10. "www.usatf.org." USA Track and Field. USA Track and Field, 12/29/09. Web. 5 Dec 2010. http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/Taylor_Angelo.asp
  11. "Career Highlights." Angelo Taylor . N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Dec 2010. <http://angelotaylorusa.com/careerhighlights>.
  12. "www.usatf.org." USA Track and Field. USA Track and Field, 12/29/09. Web. 5 Dec 2010. http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/Taylor_Angelo.asp
  13. "Career Highlights." Angelo Taylor . N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Dec 2010. <http://angelotaylorusa.com/careerhighlights>.
  14. "Career Highlights." Angelo Taylor . N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Dec 2010. <http://angelotaylorusa.com/careerhighlights>.
  15. "Career Highlights." Angelo Taylor . N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Dec 2010. <http://angelotaylorusa.com/careerhighlights>.
  16. "Career Highlights." Angelo Taylor . N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Dec 2010. <http://angelotaylorusa.com/careerhighlights>.
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