SWD’s Angelo Taylor inducted into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Angelo Taylor and wife Lynnita Hughes Taylor. Photos by Greg White

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Angelo Taylor and wife Lynnita Hughes Taylor. Photos by Greg White
Angelo Taylor and wife Lynnita Hughes Taylor. Photos by Greg White

Angelo Taylor, four time Olympian track star and Southwest DeKalb High School alum, has been inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Taylor, who received three gold Olympic medals and one silver, was inducted during the 62nd Annual Induction Ceremony on Feb. 24 at Macon City Auditorium. Taylor joined seven others in the 2018 class of inductees: NFL players Champ Bailey and Tracy Rocker; NBA’s Kenny “Sky” Walker; UGA’s women’s golfer Terri Moody Hancock, the first female to receive a full athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia; UGA’s golf coach Chris Haack; Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank; and real estate developer and sports pioneer Tom Cousins.

Taylor, who graduated from Southwest DeKalb in 1996, was a star athlete who won gold at state track and field championship meets in 1995 and 1996. His gold victories include the 300-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash and triple jump in 1996.

Taylor earned recognition as a notable track star at Georgia Tech, where was named the Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 1998.

Taylor won his first Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles in Sydney, Australia in 2000. He won his second individual Olympic gold medal in the hurdles in Beijing, China and gold in the 4×400-meter relay team in 2008. He received a silver medal in the 4×400-meter relay at the 2012 London Games. He was also a member of the 2004 Olympic team.

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