Saturday, August 4, 2012
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Albany native Angelo Taylor advances to Monday’s final in the 400-meter hurdles and gets one step closer to his dream of winning an Olympic-record three gold medals in the event.
LONDON — Angelo Taylor has just 400 meters left in his journey to become the greatest Olympic hurdler of all time.
The Albany native and former star at Georgia Tech finished second in his 400-meter hurdles semifinal race Saturday and is one of eight runners who advanced to Monday’s finals of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
“2 down and one to go! One more race til I reach my goal and dream!! Thanks for all your support!” Angelo tweeted after his race.
Taylor led for much of Saturday’s race before Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson passed him on the final straightaway. Culson finished with a time of 47.93 — .02 seconds ahead of Taylor.
Both of them will coil into their starting blocks Monday — along with Americans Kerron Clement and Michael Tinsley, Britain’s David Greene, the Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez, Trinidad and Tobago’s Jehue Gordon and Jamaica’s Leford Green.
Taylor knows exactly what it takes to emerge from the pack.
He has won back-to-back gold medals in the event and is tied with the legendary Edwin Moses for the most golds ever in the 400 hurdles.
The 400 hurdles final will start at 3:45 p.m. Monday and can be seen live at nbcolympics.com or tape delayed on primetime television.