Tech’s Angelo Taylor chasing Olympic history

Georgia Tech grad Angelo Taylor’s pursuit of Olympic history takes a big step Thursday, when he’ll begin qualifying for a spot on the U.S. track team in the 400-meter hurdles.

Taylor, who won gold in 2000 and again in 2008, is aiming to become the first person to win three Olympic golds in the event, surpassing Edwin Moses (1976, 1984) and Glenn Davis (1956, 1960). Taylor won in 2000 in Sydney and four years ago in Beijing.

“That’s a goal of mine,” Taylor said earlier this week. “It’s something I really, really want.”

Taylor, a three-time NCAA champion, while at Tech, glowed about his condition prior to flying to Eugene, Ore., site of the trials.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life right now,” he said. “Training sessions have been going very well.”

Taylor has paid extra attention to staying injury-free, receiving regular massage and chiropractic care.

“This is an Olympic year, so this is a very important year, and one of the (crucial) things to me is not missing training, and the way you not miss training is making sure you’re not injured,” he said.

Taylor, who lives in Atlanta and trains at Emory, also made the choice to not attempt to earn a spot in the open 400, despite the fact that he would have stood a good chance of making the team in that event, also.

Said Taylor, 33, “Just looking at the history of athletes and just knowing my body and whatever, I felt like there was a time for me to double, (and) that was four years ago or eight years ago.”

Taylor said he feels his preparation level for the trials is comparable to what he felt going into the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. That was four years after legal problems and injuries put him out of the sport and onto a path where he had to keep a job as an electrician in addition to fitting in training.

And, now, a chance at history. Qualifying heats are Thursday. Semifinals are Friday. Finals are Sunday. The top three finishers will punch their tickets for London. Television coverage will be provided Thursday (9-11 p.m. EDT) and Friday (6-8 p.m.) by NBC Sports Network and Sunday on NBC (7-8 p.m.). The 400 hurdles heats are scheduled to take place in those time slots.

Taylor, No. 4 in the world and No. 2 in the U.S. this year in the 400 hurdles with a best of 48.71 seconds, will be pushed to make the team. The fastest times of the two Americans behind him are less than two tenths of a second slower than his.

Taylor is ready for the challenge.

“The times I’ve been hitting in practice, the races I’ve run so far this year are all great indicators of what kind of shape I’m in,” he said. “So I’m excited.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

13 comments Add your comment

Burdell

June 28th, 2012
10:56 am

Good luck, Angelo!

5150 UOAD

June 28th, 2012
10:57 am

I can’t believe at 33 he still has a chance at GOLD in a speed event.

5150 UOAD

June 28th, 2012
10:59 am

Ken How did the swimmers do? You gave a list the other day did any Tech Swimmer or Divers make the Olympic team?

crackbaby

June 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Go AT! Man is a freak of nature.

SWD Parent past and present

June 28th, 2012
12:07 pm

Good luck Angelo, yes you went to Tech, but Southwest Dekalb High School
is a big part of the athlete you are…Panthers represent…we are proud of you!!

Tech-nically Blonde

June 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

Go Jackets! Good luck!

Ken Sugiura

June 28th, 2012
12:45 pm

5150 none of the swimmers have qualified.

5150 UOAD

June 28th, 2012
1:35 pm

Cops set up sting to keep pedestrians safe………………..They can write tickets to make money but they can’t set up a STING to keep Tech Students safe. The COPS are a JOKE………….http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/cops-set-up-sting-1466315.html

JD

June 28th, 2012
5:00 pm

5150- If you had ever been hit by a car while legally crossing the street then maybe you would understand. Of course you may have been caught after hitting a pedestrian and that explains your attitude.

5150 UOAD

June 28th, 2012
8:14 pm

JD if you get hit by a car while crossing the street then maybe you are too Stupid to like. Maybe Darwin had part of it right. Sometimes it is elective extinction through stupidity.

Karma

June 28th, 2012
11:10 pm

5150, ever had a brother run over and killed? Darwin had nothing to do with it. I would not wish it on anybody…even you. But if it did you’d never make a remark like that again.

By the way, how do you claim a partial belief in Darwinism?

Do you sort of believe in God? Maybe it’s only on Mondays, Thursday and Sundays. The rest of the week is dedicated to Darwinism or Tuesdays and Wednesdays to Hedonism with Saturday as a day of rest?

Maybe you get the point?

Maybe you’ll be an obnoxious moron?

My brother was a better man than you’ll ever hope to be.

Karma

June 28th, 2012
11:17 pm

Another thing 5150, my brother had 2 degrees. One from the Naval Postgraduate School. Served this country honorably for 22 years. He was not what most people call stupid.

I guess some people have a different definition of the word stupid. Good luck with your world view.

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