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Albany's Taylor takes gold in 400 hurdles

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August 18, 2008

Beijing, China - Albany native Angelo Taylor has completed a personal comeback on track and field's greatest stage.

Taylor won the second gold medal of his career Monday night in China in the 400-meter hurdles.

 Taylor led a USA sweep of all three medals with Kerron Clement winning silver and Bershawn Jackson took the bronze.

Taylor won gold in the same event at the 2000 Olympics games in Sydney, Australia.

Taylor not only didn't defend his Olympic title in the 2004 Athens games.

He didn't even make the finals that year due to stress fractures in both shins and a hip flexor problem.

Taylor did not compete in 2005 to let those injuries heal but he found legal problems.

An arrest led to his losing his Nike Sponsorship deal which forced Taylor to get a job as a full-time electrician

He worked in the mornings and would practice in the afternoons in Atlanta.

Angelo Taylor returned to world track stage in 2007 but running the 400 meters.

He won the United States Outdoor title and won a bronze medal in the 2007 World Championships.

He ended last season ranked number six in the world in the 400-meter hurdles.

Angelo Taylor's dream in China was to become the first track athlete to win gold in the 400-meter and and 400-meter hurdles.

The task was too much due to scheduling at the United States Olympic Trials where Taylor had to run his first 400-meter heat less than 30 minutes after finishing third in the 400-meter hurdle finals.

 The quick turnaround was too much for Taylor who could not finish the 400-meter prelim at the United States Olympic trials.

But just four months from his 30th birthday, Angelo Taylor is an Olympic Champion after leading a USA sweep in the 400-meter hurdles in Beijing.