Late Sunday evening (Eastern time, at any rate), Georgia Tech men’s track coach Grover Hinsdale was driving back to Portland, Ore. He had spent the past two weeks at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. On his last day there, he was a marvel.
“Shoot, I don’t know what I can say about him,” Hinsdale said. “He’s just an incredibly special athlete.”
Georgia Tech grad Angelo Taylor is headed to his fourth Olympic Games, having finished second at the trials in the 400-meter hurdles. He’ll go for his third gold in the 400 hurdles, which would make him the first person to ever accomplish that hat trick.
He’ll be going with another former Yellow Jacket, high jumper Chaunte Lowe, who won her event Saturday for her third Olympic berth.
Taylor, though, nearly met catastrophe, which is what had Hinsdale agog. After sailing through qualifying and semifinal heats, Taylor took a sizeable lead in the final and, with two hurdles to go, seemed to be in the clear for first
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