By: Loren Seagrave, Head of Speed and Movement for the Athletic & Personal Development program.
Angelo Taylor, USA two time Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400-meter Hurdles ran a strong and professional third leg on the Gold medal winning 4 X 400-meter Relay at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics.
Taylor who qualified for the finals of the Men's 400-meter Hurdles ran the entire competition suffering a painful plantar tendon injury on his left foot. After the preliminary round in the hurdles Taylor needed assistance from the track and was assigned to crutches.
In the final of the 400-meter hurdles Taylor drew lane one. Undaunted as he had won his first Olympic Gold medal at age 19 in Sydney from lane one, Taylor attacked the race and was second off the eighth hurdle. Starting his charge to the finish Taylor struck the tenth hurdle flat on with his lead leg sending him reeling off balance. by the time he recovered it was too late and he finished seventh place in that final. This was the first appearance in a World Championship final despite his success in two Olympic games.
Running the third leg on the 4 X 400m Relay Taylor took the baton in heavy traffic from Bershawn "Batman" Jackson his 400-meter Hurdle Teammate emerging a distant third place. He soon reeled in South Africa and eclipsed the Springbok third leg and laid chase to the Jamaican team and passed the stick to USA 400-meter Silver Medalist La Shawn Merritt who brought home the victory.
Taylor Trains at the Athletic & Personal Development program on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and is coaches by Loren Seagrave, Director of Speed and Movement.