Angelo Begins Quest for Third 400mH Gold with Prelim Win
by Devon Jeffreys
After a week of waiting patiently in London, Angelo Taylor began his chase for a third Olympic gold in the 400-meter hurdles with a win his preliminary heat on Friday morning.
Angelo got his first race out of the way on Friday and advanced with ease to Saturday's 400mH semis (Getty Images).
Angelo posted a time of 49.29 seconds to win the fifth of six heats in the 400mH. As is his reputation, Angelo got off to a fast start in the race, quickly passing most of his competitors in the first 200 meters. By the time the race hit the final turn, Angelo was comfortably in front, allowing him to kick it down a gear and cruise into the finish line with the win.
"It was a pretty good run," he told BBC Sport. "I wanted to go out and take command of the race. I have my own way of getting through the rounds and it was an easy day for me."
To watch Angelo’s run, click here.
The heat victory advances Angelo as an automatic qualifier into Saturday’s semi-final. After all six heats were completed AT’s time ended up being 13th best in the field of 48 hurdlers.
Angelo was strong getting over the hurdles friday and will have to be even better on Saturday (Getty Images).
The field is narrowed down to 24 competitors for the semi-finals, split into three heats. The top two in each heat plus the next two fastest overall advance to the final on Monday night in the Olympic Stadium.
Saturday’s semi-final races are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EDT and can be seen live on NBCOlympics.com.
- Highlights: Angelo Taylor Into 400m Hurdles Semis (NBCOlympics.com, August 3, 2012)
- Angelo Taylor: "It was an easy day for me" (Sports Mole, August 3, 2012)
- Decatur's Angelo Taylor hits the track in London (11 Alive, August 3, 2012)
- Angelo Taylor Qualifies For Semifinals At London Olympics (RamblinWreck.com, August 3, 2012)