Alastair Aitken reports on .......
|JIM McNAMARA an IRISH LEGEND (May 2013)|
|Mike Gratton Looks Back (April 2013)|
|Aldershot Champions Again (April 2013)|
|NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAY (April 2013)|
|VICTORIA PARK WOMEN'S RACE (April 2013)|
|VICTORIA PARK 5 WITH MARTIN & HICKEY (April 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part Three (March 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part Two (March 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part One (March 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part Three (February 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part Two (February 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part One (February 2013)|
|MIDDLESEX CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (January 2013)|
|HARRY TEMPAN RETIRES AT 87 (December 2012)|
|Running Still - 133 years of Highgate Harriers (August 2012)|
|FRANK SANDO (14/3/31 - 13/10/12)|
|GREG RICHARDS (October 2012)|
|THE MIDDLESEX & OPEN 10K (September 2012)|
|NINA ANDERSON (September 2012)|
|MO FARAH - HIS BREAKTHROUGH YEARS (August 2012)|
|WILLIAM SHARMAN (August 2012)|
|DWAIN CHAMBERS (August 2012)|
|JOB KINYOR from Kenya (JULY 2012)|
|CHRIS TOMLINSON (July 2012)|
|ARIES MERRITT (July 2012)|
|TYSON GAY in London (July 2012)|
|CHRISTIAN TAYLOR TRIPLE JUMP WORLD CHAMPION 2011 (JULY 2012)|
|DON TAYLOR (1936 TO 2012)|
|THE MAN WHO CHANGED 10,000m RUNNING HISTORY (JULY 2012)|
|THE LAST TWO BRITISH OLYMPIC WALK MEDALLISTS (July 2012)|
|JIM RYUN with MARTY LIQUORI and JOHN WHETTON (JUNE 2012)|
|TWO OF THE GREATEST OLYMPIC THROWERS - JANIS LUSIS and AL OERTER (JUNE 2012)|
|BASIL HEATLEY THE GREAT ROAD/CC/TRACK RUNNER (MAY 2012)|
|RON RODDAN COACH TO A 1992 OLYMPIC CHAMPION (MAY 2012)|
|BRONISLAW MALINOWSKI STEEPLECHASER '1960's to 81' (MAY 2012)|
|GASTON ROELANTS 'THE STEEPLECHASER OF THE 1960'S' (APRIL 2012)|
|JOHN DISLEY THE UK'S OUSTANDING STEEPLECHASER OF THE 1950'S|
|MEN'S NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAY (April 2012)|
|Women's National 6 Stage Road Relay (April 2012)|
|THE 46th VICTORIA PARK '5' (April 2012)|
|SIX OUTSTANDING OLYMPIC MEDALLISTS- 800m to 10000m (APRIL 2012)|
|EIGHT AFRICAN OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (March 2012)|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 3|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 2|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 1|
|THE ENGLISH NATIONAL 2012 - part 2|
|THE ENGLISH NATIONAL 2012 - part 1|
|THE LATE BMC COACH FRANK HORWILL (FEBRUARY 2012)|
|SEAA Cross Country Championships - Juniors (January 2012)|
|SEAA Women's Cross Country Championships (January 2012)|
|SEAA Senior Men's Cross Country Championships (January 2012)|
|Six Olympic 110 Hurdles Champions Talking (January 2012)|
|CHRIS FINILL'S RUN ACROSS AMERICA IN 2011 (January 2012)|
|'HUSTLING HERB' ONE OF THE FIRST JAMAICAN OLYMPIANS (January 2012)|
|SEAA Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships 10/12/11|
|Dick Taylor and Allan Rushmer (60's,70's & 80's)|
|Lynn Davies (Looking back in November 2011)|
|Scott Overall (October 2011)|
|Keith Gerrard (October 2011)|
|National Six Stage Relays (October 2011)|
|National Four Stage Women's Road Relay (October 2011)|
|David Hemery (1968 & 75, Updated October 2011)|
|Tony Simmons an Underrated 'Star' Performer (September 2011)|
|Kenya's First 'Great' Sprinter - Serapheno Antao|
|The Vets Athletic Club's Championship (August 2011)|
|Mel Batty (August 2011)|
|Tiffany Townsend (August 2011)|
|Coach John Smith (August 2011)|
|Jason Richardson (August 2011)|
|Lisa Dobriskey (August 2011)|
|Mark Lewis-Francis (August 2011)|
|David Rudisha - IAAF World Athlete of the Year 2010|
|David Morwood (June 2011)|
|Rosemary Chrimes - A Star for 40 Years (June 2011)|
|Paul Dickenson Commentator and Athlete (June 2011)|
|Larry Achike (May 2011)|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 3 - SEB COE|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 2 - JOHN WALKER|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 1 - SYDNEY WOODERSON|
|Three very great curve runners of the past and their views|
|Derek Ibbotson (Interviewed Oct 1962 - updated 2011)|
|Walter Wilkinson (Interviewed Summer 2000)|
|Dave Chapman (Interview Autumn 1998)|
|'Never Say Die' Les Roberts (April 2011)|
|David Cannon (Interview April 2011)|
|Bruce Tulloh (Interviewed April 2011 and September 1962)|
|Geoff Harrold remembered (Born 25/5/39 died 1/4/11)|
|Nick McCormick at the Victoria Park '5' (March 2011)|
|The Victoria Park '5' A World Renown Road Race (March 2011)|
|Bernard Plain MBE (March 2011)|
|South London's Historic Mob Match (March 2011)|
|World Trials and Inter-Counties - report 3 (2011)|
|World Trials and Inter-Counties - report 2 (2011)|
|World Trials, Inter-Counties and Mike McLeod (2011)|
|North of the Thames Championships - Kingsbury (Feb 2011)|
|Memories of Peter Hildreth (1928 - February 26th 2011)|
|Jonny Hay and Richard Goodman at the English National Junior 2011|
|Louise Deman and Hatti Dean at the English National 2011|
|Steve Vernon - English National Champion 2011|
|Chris Smith and Serpentine - Outstanding in the Met League Final (2011)|
|Nielson Hall and others at the the SEAA Championships 2011)|
|Dave Clarke (The Great Runner from Hercules Wimbledon)|
|Chris Finill the Outstanding Ultra Distance Runner|
|Three New Stars at the 'PREMIER LEAGUE' Jo Smith Cup (Sept 2010)|
|Gladys Bird - Woodford Green & Essex Ladies|
|Bob Smith - Newham and Essex Beagles|
|Richard Thompson - August 2010|
|Danielle Carruthers - August 2010|
|Angelo Taylor - August 2010|
ANGELO TAYLOR won the 400m hurdles in the Olympics of 2000 and 2008 and only Edwin Moses (76-84) has managed that with such a space in between his two wins. The only other person to win twice was Glen Davis of the USA in 1956 and 1960 so, that makes Taylor something special in Olympic History.
He hopes to make the Olympics in London in 2012 and achieve a third victory which has never been done before.
International 800 metre runner Michael Rimmer said to me recently about Angelo Taylor ' He is a man for the Big occasion' so, we will wait and see and hope it all turns out well for the man from Decatur, Atlanta, USA.
For many years I have really wanted to talk to Angelo Taylor because I had other good interviews with 400m Olympic Champions Rex Cawley (USA' 64), David Hemery before after and at the Olympics of 1968, John Akii-Bua and his coach Malcolm Arnold (1972), Edwin Moses & his coach LLoyd Jackson (76-84 winner) and Felix Sanchez the victor in 2004.I did that in 2009.
The amazing thing about Angelo is that he had a rocky path between his two Olympic wins' with his Nike Sponsors withdrew his sponsorship at one stage and then having to work hard as an electrician while he still did his athletics as a World Class athlete. One man with great religious faith, Coach Innocent Egbunike (Who still holds the Commonwealth Record for the 400 flat of 44.17 that he did in 1987)- took Angelo under his wing and advised him but Angelo Taylor still had to contend with the fact that his 4x400 American team, that would have got medals in the World Championships of 1999 and 2001, were disqualified and that was no fault of his and nothing he could do about it.
He is listed on the USATF website as being coached by Loren Segrave but the one who had been very special to him was Innocent Egbunike " He helped me out a whole lot.I was already a hurdler when I met him but the thing was we had a great relationship on and off the track. You need that second eye. It was a team thing. He certainly was one of my special coaches"
His parents were a great help in his years growing up because they both had been runners
" They were supportive. My Father Angelo played American football (Albany State, Georgia)--He also ran track so, growing up I would see his trophies, newpapaper clippings so, I kind of knew already it was in me."
His younger brother Corey was or is a promising 110 hurdler. Something else to do with his family life is that he likes to take his very young twin sons Xavier and Isaiah down to the track at times.
I WAS LAST
Angelo Taylor was born at Albany, Georgia on the 29th of December 1978
One tends to think such a really great runner, who used to be distinguishable, at 21 at the 2000 Olympics by his braded hair and relaxed disposition, could never have done badly as a racer. Not so!.
" My memories of when I first started are not good memories. I started running and racing a 12. I was small and frail (He is now 6' 2 and 185lbs)-Most of the kids of my age group in my grade were much bigger than me. When I started running I had a lot of last placed finishes.!'
What then was the key to him feeling he could improve on that position?
" When I first started competing track and field, as I say, I was last but before then I was always to he fastest out of my class. I was going through my puberty stage. I always loved sport and to compete so I stuck with it.'
' I started to feel I could do well in 10th grade at 14 then, everything started coming together.'
He continued ' In 1996 the Olympics came to my backyard in Atlanta Georgia which was definitely inspirational. That experience of the World coming to take part in the Olympics'
' At the time I was in my senior year in High School (Southwest De Kalb, High School before going on the Georgia Technical University)--I was competing at a high level and made the World Junior Team for the 400 hurdles (Bronze in 50.18). I started to look at Track & Field News magazine and being really aware of what was going on in the track World.'
Did he see anybody in the 400 hurdles that inspired him when he really started to move into the event then?
' Of course, The 'Great' Edwin Moses. I remember watching Kevin Young break the World record at the 400 hurdles''
In 1998, as a nineteen year old, he had the fastest time ever recorded for that age with 47.9 for the 400 hurdles which motivated him further.
As a 21 year old he won the American Olympic Trials in a personal best of 47.62. He ran 44.89 for the 400 flat that year which was also a personal best at the time.
The Olympic Final came in Sydney Australia on the 27th of September and result was:-
1 Angelo Taylor (USA) 47.50; 2 Had Al-Somali (KSA) 47.53; 3 Llewelyn Herbert (RSA) 47.81; 4 James Carter (USA) 48.04, 5 Eronilde de Araujo (Brazil) 48.34; 6 Pawel Januszewski (Pol) 48.44, 7 Fabrizio Mori (Italy) 48.78, and 8 Grennadiy Gorbenko (UKR) 49.01. Angelo's time was a personal best for him at the time.
" When the gun went off I took out fast. That gun went off and I can remember running to the first hurdle and then I could not remember anymore of the race till coming off the last hurdle. I could kind of see out of my peripheral vision somebody right next to me. I can remember dipping at the finish and leaning. I did not know I had really won!'
As a fast 400 man too the USA chose him for the relay and he did the qualifying rounds
" In 2000 I ran the first two rounds which was very special for me as a 400 hurdler to be chosen to do the relay!"
Angelo Taylor is very handy with the 400 as his second event so runs it often
" I try and split my time between the two events. It takes my mind off the hurdles but at the same time it lets my competitors know, when they see me run a flat 400 fast they would think, when he gets back to the hurdles we have got to deal with this!'
In the intervening years between the two Olympic Games when times were sometimes difficult for him, he was not letting slip his two events and was keeping up a good standard up.
In 2007 he obtained a bronze medal in the World Championships on the flat in Osaka and a gold in the 4x400
The result of the first three in the individual event in the World Championships was 1 Jeremy Warniner (USA) 43.45, 2 La Shawn Merrit (USA) 43.96 and 3 Angelo Taylor (USA) 44.32.That year Angelo Taylor ran 44.05 in Indianapolis on the 23rd of June which was his personal best.
In 2008 the Olympic Trials for the 400 hurdles in Eugene was 1 Bershawn Jackson 48.17, 2 Kerron Clement 48.36 and 3 Angelo Taylor 48.42
When I asked Angelo whether he had an inkling, after that he might be able to take the gold in Beijing his answer was 'Of course. I was third in the trials so I made the team again for the Olympic Games. I did have just a little thought, maybe I could not do it again. My friends and family were so supportive. They told me I could do it again and kept telling me that. My friend Dwight Phillips said -'They can't beat you this is yours to win.'
I had lane 6 in the final, Bershawn was in 7 and Kerron in 4'
Result of the 2008 Final in China:- 1 Angelo Taylor (USA) 47.25; 2 Kerron Clement (USA) 47.98, 3 Bershawn Jackson (USA) 48.06, 4 Danny McFarlane (JAM) 48.30, 5 L.J.Van Zyl (RSA) 48.42, 6 Mark Plawgo (Pol) 48.52; 7 Markino Buckley (JAM) 48.60; 8 Perilis Lakovaks (GRE) 49.96. Then there was the 4x400 relay Gold that Angelo was part of that won with Bahamas 2nd and Russia 3rd
The USA team set an Olympic record of 2:55.39 and their team as L Shawn Merritt 44.4; Taylor 43.7, Neville 44.16 and Wariner 43.18.(In 2010 still the second fastest overall time on record.)
" It was a big memory as we set the Olympic record that was really special.'
Angelo points out about the amazing World class athletes, all coming form the USA in the 400 and sprints.
" I live in a nice climate in Atlanta. We have so much competition. People ask me all the time 'Why are we so strong in the 400 sprints. I just say adaptation .Charles Darwin's theories 'The Survival of the Fittest--Everyone is running fast in the area"
Outside of athletics he loves the things most people enjoy.
" I like music. I have been to a few concerts. I like listening to my I Pod when I warm up and work out. I like films too."
|Michael Rimmer - August 2010|
|British M45 javelin record holder Roald Bradstock|
|James Shane with his Coach Martin Brown JUNE 2010|
|Tony Jarrett JUNE 2010|
|Andy Turner Interview JUNE 2010|
|Southern Counties Track & Field Championships at Crystal Palace JUNE 2010|
|The Aldershot National Womens 4 Stage Champions 2010|
|Grenville Tuck Interview (May 2010 and in 1975)|
|The stage winners at the National 12 Stage Relay - Sutton Park - April 2010|
|Anthony Whiteman Interview - April 2010|
|Bill Adcocks Interview - 13th March 2010|
|Wendy Sly Interview - 13th March 2010|
|Peter Clark A Forgotten Hero|
|Dic Evans A Runner for Wales for 45 years interviewed in 2009|
|Douglas Alistair Gorden Pirie (Born Leeds 10th February 1931 Died 7th December 1991)|
|Peter Browne: British Milers Club and Racing Against Ovett and Coe|
|Peter Browne: Born 3rd of February 1949|
|Six of Belgrave's Winning 12 Stage Team|
|Newham & Essex Beagles 6 Stage Winners and Course Record Breakers 2009|
|Dave Moorcroft Through the Years|
|Bob Smith the Successful Newham & Essex Beagles Manager August 2009|
|Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie Interviewed in London Summer 2009|
|Martyn Rooney at Croydon July 2009|
|Felix Sanchez in London 2009|
|Kerron Clement interviwed on 24th of July 2009|
|Simeon Williamson in London (July 25th, 2009)|
|Dayron Robles interviewed in London 2009|
|Irie Hill at the British Master Championships 2009|
|Roy Fowler - The Red Fox|
|John Hall - Race Walker|
|Mara Yamauchi - Outstanding British Performer in the London Marathon 2009|
|Nick Goolab - The Revelation of the UK Cross Country Season 2008/2009|
|Joyce Smith M.B.E|
|Mike Barratt The 'Evergreen' Running Legend|
|Clare Elms A Revelation of Age Athletics|
|Harry Tempan The Rennaisance Runner|
|Kermit Bentham - A man who has run over 500 one lap races in his life!|
|Andretti Bain 2008 Olympic 4x400 relay silver|
|Bernard Lagat in London July 2008|
|Usain Bolt in London|
|Charlie Williams - Outstanding Master Sprinter|
|Where Are They Now - John Greatrex|
|The Truly Remarkable Tony Bowman|
|Gerry North - The Most Consistent cross-country runner of the 60's|
|Robert Slowe - Outstanding Clubman|
|Anthony Noel - World Masters Champion|
|Andre Bucher - 2001 World 800m Champion|
|Wallace Spearmon (2006)|
|Derek Johnson (1985)|
|James Carter - USA 400m hurdles Champion 2002 and 2004|
|Dorothy Manley - Silver medalist London Olympics 1948|