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Albany native Taylor wins gold in 4x400 relay finals at Worlds with U.S. track team

Allbany native Angelo Taylor, right, celebrates with teammate LeShawn Merritt after winning gold on Friday in the 4x400 relay.

Allbany native Angelo Taylor, right, celebrates with teammate LeShawn Merritt after winning gold on Friday in the 4x400 relay.

DAEGU, Korea - Welcome back, Angelo.

Running the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay, former Georgia Tech All-American and Albany native Angelo Taylor, 32, helped the U.S.A.'s Track & Field relay team to the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, on Friday.

"I gave it my all," Taylor told track & field website, athletenewswire.com. "I'm going to go home, rehab and get ready for next year (and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London)."

The final was held at 9:15 p.m., Daegu time, as the team of Greg Nixon, Bershawn Jackson, Taylor, and LaShawn Merritt crossed the line in 2:59.31 for the victory.

The foursome narrowly edged out the second-place team from South Africa by half of a second. Jamaica picked up the bronze medal, crossing the line in 3:00.10.

Taylor, who grabbed double gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with wins in the 400-meter hurdles and as a member of the 4x400 team, also placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at the world meet after taking first place at the U.S. National Championships earlier this year.

Taylor and Co.'s win helped give the United States its ninth gold medal of the World Championships.