July 11, 2004
Albany--Angelo Taylor already has two Olympic gold medals, now he'll have an opportunity for more. Taylor earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team by finishing second in the 400 meter hurdles Sunday at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento, California.
It's Taylor's second trip to the Olympic games, he won the gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles and the 4 x 400 meter relay in the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. Running in fourth position until the final 20 meters, Taylor used a late kick to just edge Benny Bazell and finished in 48.03 seconds.
The top three finishers in Sunday's finals advance to the Olympics in Athens, Greece next month. James Carter won the event in 47.68 seconds. Bazell was third with a time of 48.05.
Born in Albany, Angelo Taylor grew up in Atlanta and attended SW Dekalb High school and later Georgia Tech. A portion of Radium Springs road in Albany was named after him after his performance in the 2000 Olympics.
Taylor still has family in Albany including his grandparents, Barry and Gussie Glenn. Both were glued to the television Sunday night cheering on their grandson and beaming with pride as he crossed the finish line in second place.
"If he doesn't win another gold medal Im still proud of the fact that he's going to get another opportunity to go. I know it's been hard, he's been practicing, training real hard," Gussie Glenn said.
The 2004 Summer Olympic games begin August 13th in Athens, Greece and can be seen on WALB and NBC.
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