The Hall of Fame
by Matt Martino
He has been an All-American, Olympic champion and world champion, and now, Angelo Taylor is adding another prestigious title to the list.
On November 6, he will become a member of the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
"Angelo Taylor has brought great recognition to Tech with his success in the Olympics," Tech Director of Athletic Dan Radakovich said.
Angelo attended Tech from 1997-98. While there, the Albany native won NCAA championships in the 4x400 relay and intermediate hurdles in 1998, while earning All-America honors in those events as well as the 400 meters in both 1997 and 1998. He won Atlantic Coast Conference championships in the 400 meters and intermediate hurdles twice each, while leading the Yellow Jackets to ACC titles in the 4x400 relay four times. He earned All-ACC honors in those events seven times.
He later went on to win three World Championships and has become a prominent figure in track and field with three Olympic gold medals, two of which he won in Beijing.
The event takes place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets are $50 and available for purchase through the Alexander-Tharpe Fund at 404-894-6124.
The 2009 class will also be honored during Tech’s football game with Wake Forest on Saturday, November 7.
Retired NFL star Robert Griffith recently met Angelo and LaShawn Merritt at the ESPY Awards, and was moved by their interaction to blog about it:
The ESPY's for me is an awesome display of REAL talent. People at the top of their game in every sport in full effect. The award show is pro sports meets hollywood and its an explosive mix. At the pre party I had a chance to rap with reigning olympic gold medalists in the 400 and 400 meter hurdles LaShawn Merrit and Angelo Taylor respectively. These guys should be given more love by the masses. Me being a track and field junkie I recognized these guys as many didn't. How are you the best in the world in an international sport and not get love?
ANGELO AT VARDINOYIANNIA
Angelo competed in the 400 hurdles on Monday at the 25th European Athletics Outdoor Premium Meeting, Vardinoyiannia.
He entered the race with the season’s best performance among the participants, 48.30. Angelo, however, finished Monday with a time of 50.72.
The Vardinoyiannia, held in Rethymno, is one of a select group of Area meetings at which athletes can acquire points to qualify for the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, held on 12-13 September in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Albany's Taylor headed to Ga. Tech Hall of Fame (Albany Herald, July 16, 2009)
Hamilton to enter Tech Hall of Fame (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 15, 2009)
Georgia Tech adds members to its Hall of Fame (wrdw.com, July 15, 2009)
Vardinoyiannia Track Meet Results (AP, July 21, 2009)
Beijing Olympic champions Robles, Taylor, Kanter, Mbango, and Spotakova in Rethymno (IAAF.org, July 19, 2009)
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