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Albany native qualifies for U.S. Olympic track team

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July 1, 2008

Eugene, Or. - Albany native Angelo Taylor will compete in a third Olympics.

Though he will not get a chance to make history in Beijing.

Taylor, who won a gold medal in the 2000 games in Australia in the 400 meter hurdles, will run for the gold in China.

Taylor finished third in the 400 meter hurdle finals at U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials Sunday night to earn a spot on the United States Olympic squad.

Angelo Taylor also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Greece.

Bershawn Jackson and Kerron Clement will also represent the USA in the 400 meter hurdles.

Angelo Taylor is also one of the top 400 meter runners in the world.

Unfortunately, his bid to qualify in that event was doomed due to scheduling.

Taylor's first qualifying heat in the 400 meter dash was less than 30 minutes after he ran the 400 hurdle finals.

The quick turnaround was too much for Angelo who dropped out of that race before the finish.

Taylor could get a shot at a second gold medal if he is picked to run for the U-S in the 4 by 400 relay.

Bainbridge's Ty Akins will begin his Olympic quest in the 110 meter hurdles on Saturday.