PRs: 400mH 47.50 (2000); 400m 44.35 (2007)
Born: December 29, 1978, in Albany, Ga.
Current Residence: Decatur, Ga.
High School: DeKalb HS, Decatur, Ga '96
College: Georgia Tech '99
Coach: Napolean Cobb
Agent: Kimberly Holland
Career Highlights: 2000 Olympic 400m hurdles & 4x400m relay gold medalist; 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Overall and GP Final champion; 2000 Jesse Owens Award winner; 2001, 1999 World Champs gold medalist in 4x400m relay; 3-time U.S. champ (99-01); 2002 USA Outdoor 400m champion; 1999 U.S. Indoor 400m champion; 1998 NCAA 400H champ
One of Americas stars in the 400m hurdles,
in 2000 Taylor won Olympic gold just four years after graduating from high
school, at age 21. After winning the 2001 U.S. title, Taylor split his time
between the 400m and 400m hurdles before making his second Olympic Team with a
runner-up finish at the 2004 Olympic Trials. When he first went out for track,
Taylor tried all the events: When I tried the hurdles, I automatically knew
that was the event for me. Both his parents had run, and his father played
football at Albany State (Ga.)Taylor is the fastest-ever 19-year-old in the
400Hif he had been born two days later, his 47.90 at the 1998 USA Championships
would have been a world junior recordnamed collegiate Athlete of the Year in
1998 by T&FNa management student at Georgia Techtrains with Octavius Terry and
Derrick Adkinshe uses a 13-stride pattern for the first six hurdles, then goes
to 14 stridesTaylor says his early success tells him one thing: If I want to
work hard, I have a bright future. I cant slack off. Hopefully, I can do some
bigger and better things he adds. Taylor captured the 2000 IAAF Overall Grand
Prix title, and collected a check for $250,000 for his efforts. His previous
highest check was a $15,000 appearance fee. Taylor enrolled in Morris Brown
College where he also serves as an assistant coach, starting in spring
2001hampered in 400mH semifinal at 2001 World Outdoors with a sinus infection
and flu-like bug in his stomach. He clipped the 10th hurdle and did
not advance to the final.
2007: 1st at Atlanta 400m (44.35PR)...1st at Dakar 400mH 48.68.
2006: 5th in 400m semifinals at USA Outdoors...bests of 45.24, 49.44.
2005: Did not compete.
2004: 2nd at Olympic Trials in the 400m hurdles (48.03)4th in semifinal at Olympic Games (48.72).
2003: 4th in opening round of USA Outdoors 400mH (50.72)1st in Turin (48.94)1st in Milan (48.95)6th in London (49.10)best of 48.94.
2002: USA Outdoor 400m champion (45.00)1st at Nike Prefontaine (44.85)7th (48.87) in 400mH at Rome7th at Lausanne (49.20)ranked #10 in the world at 400m (#4 U.S.), ranked #7 U.S. at 400mH by T&FNbests of 44.85 & 48.87.
2001: Won USA Outdoors (48.53)ran anchor leg of USA's gold-winning World Outdoor 4x400m relay (2:57.54) 4th in semis at World Outdoors, clipping the 10th hurdle and being thrown off balance (49.23). He also was suffering from sinus and stomach problemswon Norwich Union Challenge (49.01)had top four times by an American in 2001ranked #3 in world, #1 in U.S. in 440mH by T&FNranked #10 in world & #3 U.S. at 400mbests of 47.95 in winning in Lausanne and 44.68 in winning 400m at Princeton Invitational.
2000: Won Olympic gold out of Lane 1 with PR of 47.50 (fastest time in the world in 2000)...ran 2nd leg in opening round of 4x400m relay for gold medal...won Olympic Trials 400 hurdles in a then PR of 47.62... PRd in flat 400 at 44.89...captured overall IAAF Grand Prix title...ranked #1in the world by T&FN...bests of 47.50 and 44.89.
1999: Won USA Outdoors 400LH (48.49)... ran third leg on gold medal winning 4x400 (2:56.47) at World Championships; 3rd in 400mH heats...won 400 at USA Indoors (45.50)...ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...bests of 45.50i and 48.15.
1998: 2nd at USA Outdoors (47.90 PR)... won NCAA Outdoors (48.14 PR) ...2nd at Goodwill Games (47.92)... won 400 (46.01 PR) at ACC Indoor...3rd in NCAA Indoor 400 (46.12)...won ACC 400H (49.18); anchored winning 4 x 400 (43.6 for 3:01.89...also PR 45.14 at 400m...ranked #3 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 47.90 and 45.14PR (400).
1997: 2nd in NCAA Outdoors (48.72 PR)... 3rd NCAA Indoor 400 (46.18)...5th in semi at USA Outdoors (49.11)...2nd in ACC Indoor 400 (47.74)... won ACC (49.35 PR); anchor winning 4 x 400 (45.7 for 3:06.23)...ranked #9 U.S. at 400H by T&FN...bests of 48.72, 20.67PR (200).
1996: Won National Scholastic (51.13) and USA Juniors (50.92)...bronze at World Juniors (50.18 PR)...won Georgia state HS titles in the 400, 300H, both relays, and TJ...bests of 50.18, 46.7 (400).
1995: Won Georgia state HS titles in 300H, TJ, and 4x400... best of 52.76.