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2008 Olympic 400m hurdles & 4x400m relay gold medalist; 2000 Olympic 400m hurdles & 4x400m relay gold medalist; 2011 World Outdoor 400m bronze medalist and 4x400m gold medalist; 2009 World Outdoor 4x400m gold medlaist; 2007 World Outdoor 400m bronze medalist and 4x400m gold medalist; 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Overall and GP Final champion; 2000 Jesse Owens Award winner; 2001, 1999 World Champs gold medalist in 4x400m relay; 3-time U.S. champ (99-01); 2002 & 2007 U.S. Outdoor 400m champion; 1999 U.S. Indoor 400m champion; 1998 NCAA 400H champ
Angelo Taylor’s career has been a remarkable study in versatility and longevity. AT’s time as an elite athlete spans well over a decade, and in that time he has won more than 18 national and international championship medals. In 2012, he will compete in his fourth Olympic Games looking for a chance at his fifth and sixth gold medals. He remains one of the premier 400m hurdlers of all-time, winner of the gold in the event at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics. But he has also mastered the 400-meter dash, in which he has won two U.S. Outdoor titles (2002, 2007) and a U.S. Indoor title (1999). That success led to his placement on the U.S. 4x400 relay teams at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, which both won gold.
When he first went out for track, Taylor tried all the events: “…When I tried the hurdles, I automatically knew that was the event for me.” Both his parents had run, and his father played football at Albany State (Ga.). Taylor is the fastest-ever 19-year-old in the 400H. If he had been born two days later, his 47.90 at the 1998 USA Championships would have been a world junior record. He was named collegiate Athlete of the Year in 1998. Taylor captured the 2000 IAAF Overall Grand Prix title, and collected a check for $250,000 for his efforts. His previous highest check was a $15,000 appearance fee.
One of America’s stars in the 400m hurdles in 2000, Taylor won Olympic gold just four years after graduating from high school, at age 21. He has won a total of five US Outdoor championships between the 400m and the 400m hurdles. After winning the 2001 U.S. 400mH title, Taylor split his time between the 400m and 400m hurdles before making his second Olympic Team with a runner-up finish at the 2004 Olympic Trials.
Between 2004 and 2007, Angelo became better known for his 400m prowess than for the hurdles, culminated by the 2007 U.S. Outdoor title in that event in a personal best time of 44.05 seconds, and winning the World Outdoor Championships bronze medal later that summer.In 2007, he was the world’s #3 ranked competitor in the 400 meters. He also ended the 2007 campaign ranked #6 in the world in the 400m hurdles following wins at Mt. SAC, Monaco, Hengelo and Dakar. In 2008, Taylor qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team with his third place finish in the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. He went on to shock the field in the Olympics, posting a world-leading 47.25 to win the gold.
Since 2008, Angelo has remained one of the world's elite in the 400m hurdles, while also leading Team USA to world outdoor glory in the 4x400 in 2009 and 2011. After taking third in the 400mH at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, Angelo refocused with an eye on the 2012 Olympics. He made the team with a second place finish at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and will have a chance in London to become the first man ever to win three golds in the 400m hurdles.
2012: 2012 Olympian in 400mH; 2nd at Olympic Trials in 400mH (48.57); 3rd at Pre Classic in 400m (45.59); 1st at Taipei (48.71); 1st at Shanghai (48.98); 3rd at Doha in 400 (44.97); 2nd at Mt. Sac Relays in 400mH (49.38).
2011: 1st at World Outdoor 4x400m relay (2:59.31) and 7th in 400mH (49.31); 4th at London 400m (45.04); 4th at Stockholm (44.82); 1st at Monaco 47.97); 3rd at USA Outdoor (47.94); 1st at Pre Classic 400m (45.16); 3rd at Rome (48.66)
2010: 2nd at IAAF World Challenge 200m (20.23); 6th at Bruselles (49.72); 3rd at Stockholm (49.57); 2nd at Monaco (47.79); 4th at Gateshead 200m (20.50); 2nd at Lausanne (47.96); 2nd at Rome 400m (44.74); 4th at Doha 949.66); 2nd at Shanghai 200m (20.34)
2009: 1st at World Outdoor 4x400m - 1st leg (2:57.86) and 4th in his heat in the 1st round of 400mH (49.64); 3rd at Gateshead 400m (45.50); 5th at Zurich 400m (45.28); 2nd at London 400m (45.15); 3rd at USA Outdoors (48.30); 4th at Pre Classic (48.79); 5th at New York Grand Prix (49.67); 2nd at adidas Track Classic (48.70); 2nd in London (45.15)
2008: 1st at Shanghai 400m (44.94); 4th at IAAF World Athletics Final 400m (45.37); 2nd at Lausanne (44.38); 1st at Olympic Games (47.25, WL) and 1st 4x400m (2:55.39, Olympic Record); 3rd at Olympic Trials in 400mH (48.42)...Olympic Trials 400m quarter-finalist (DNF)...2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (45.14)…4th in 400m (44.03) and 6th in 400mH (50.06) at DKB-ISTAF Berlin…1st at Baie Mahault (44.34)…1st in 200m at Doha (20.08)…1st in Greensboro (19.80w)
2007: World Outdoor 400m bronze medalist (44.32) and 4x400m gold medalist (2:55.56)...USA Outdoor champion 400m (44.05PR)…1st in 400m at Atlanta (44.35)...1st in 400mH at Dakar (48.68)…1st in 400m at Sheffield (45.25)…2nd in 400m at Madrid (45.05)..1st in 400mH at Monaco (48.45)…ranked #3 in world and U.S. at 400m, #6 in world, #4 U.S. at 400m hurdles by T&FN…bests of 44.05 & 48.45.
2006: 5th in 400m semifinals at USA Outdoors...bests of 45.24, 49.44.
2005: Did not compete.
2004: 2nd at Olympic Trials in the 400m hurdles (48.03)…4th in semifinal at Olympic Games (48.72).
2003: 4th in opening round of USA Outdoors 400mH (50.72)…1st in Turin (48.94)…1st in Milan (48.95)…6th in London (49.10)…best of 48.94.
2002: USA Outdoor 400m champion (45.00)…1st at Nike Prefontaine (44.85)…7th (48.87) in 400mH at Rome…7th at Lausanne (49.20)…ranked #10 in the world at 400m (#4 U.S.), ranked #7 U.S. at 400mH by T&FN…bests of 44.85 & 48.87.
2001: Won USA Outdoors (48.53)…ran anchor leg of USA's gold-winning World Outdoor 4x400m relay (2:57.54)…4th in semis at World Outdoors, clipping the 10th hurdle and being thrown off balance (49.23). He also was suffering from sinus and stomach problemswon Norwich Union Challenge (49.01)…had top four times by an American in 2001…ranked #3 in world, #1 in U.S. in 400mH by T&FN…ranked #10 in world & #3 U.S. at 400m…bests of 47.95 in winning in Lausanne and 44.68 in winning 400m at Princeton Invitational.
2000: Won Olympic gold out of Lane 1 with PR of 47.50 (fastest time in the world in 2000)...ran 2nd leg in opening round of 4x400m relay for gold medal...won Olympic Trials 400 hurdles in a then PR of 47.62... PRd in flat 400 at 44.89...captured overall IAAF Grand Prix title...ranked #1in the world by T&FN...bests of 47.50 and 44.89.
1999: Won USA Outdoors 400LH (48.49)... ran third leg on gold medal winning 4x400 (2:56.47) at World Championships; 3rd in 400mH heats...won 400 at USA Indoors (45.50)...ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...bests of 45.50i and 48.15.
1998: 2nd at USA Outdoors (47.90 PR)... won NCAA Outdoors (48.14 PR) ...2nd at Goodwill Games (47.92)... won 400 (46.01 PR) at ACC Indoor...3rd in NCAA Indoor 400 (46.12)...won ACC 400H (49.18); anchored winning 4 x 400 (43.6 for 3:01.89...also PR 45.14 at 400m...ranked #3 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 47.90 and 45.14PR (400).
1997: 2nd in NCAA Outdoors (48.72 PR)... 3rd NCAA Indoor 400 (46.18)...5th in semi at USA Outdoors (49.11)...2nd in ACC Indoor 400 (47.74)... won ACC (49.35 PR); anchor winning 4 x 400 (45.7 for 3:06.23)...ranked #9 U.S. at 400H by T&FN...bests of 48.72, 20.67PR (200).
1996: Won National Scholastic (51.13) and USA Juniors (50.92)...bronze at World Juniors (50.18 PR)...won Georgia state HS titles in the 400, 300H, both relays, and TJ...bests of 50.18, 46.7 (400).
1995: Won Georgia state HS titles in 300H, TJ, and 4x400... best of 52.76.