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Albany native Taylor believes Beijing gold just the beginning

September 9, 2008

Atlanta - Two years after he was wiring dorms at Georgia Tech, Albany native Angelo Taylor returned to the Institute Tuesday wearing the two Olympic gold medals he won last month at the Beijing Olympics.

Angelo Taylor picked the right time to find the extra gear.

Taylor joins track great Edwin Moses as the only two men to win gold in the 400-meter hurdles eight years apart.      

Angelo Taylor knew he still had the ability that won him an Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles eight years ago.

He just didn't know when all of his training would pay off.

Angelo Taylor said "I knew I was ready to run fast but it just wasn't coming yet."

While Angelo never doubted his ability, others in China did.

Taylor said "They had press conferences for the other hurdlers. Nobody even tried to speak to me or let alone thinking that I would make to the finals."

Angelo Taylor says it all came together for him at the Georgia Tech track in his last workout before leaving for Beijing.

Taylor said "It was my best practice of the year. My coach was very excited. Everybody was like whoa you looked really good. I read my times and that is when I knew I was ready."

Taylor proved that in the finals by running his best time ever in the 400-meter hurdles where he lead a USA sweep of all three medals.

He also has the fastest time in the world in the 400-meter hurdles this year.

Angelo Taylor believes he can break the world record and win another gold medal in 2012 in London.

Angelo Taylor said "I think there are some things I can still improve on. I think I can run a whole lot faster."

After the Olympics, Angelo won a big meet in Switzerland and will compete in the World Athletic Final this weekend in Germany. 

Angelo Taylor's family says the gold medal winner will visit Albany as soon as his schedule allows.

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