Full name: John Baxter Taylor, Jr.
Height: 5'11" (181 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: November 3, 1882 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Died: December 2, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
John Taylor was the first black Olympic gold medalist. While attending Penn he won three IC4A 440y titles, and his winning times in 1904 (49.2) and 1907 (48.8) were the fastest times recorded in the world in those years. He was also the AAU champion on 1907. Taylor was a favorite at the 1908 Olympics in the 400m, but ran a poor race. The race, however, was marked by an incident involving Britain’s Wyndham Halswelle and America’s John Carpenter. It was claimed that Carpenter forced Halswelle to run wide in the stretch run, and he was disqualified and the race ordered rerun. The Americans were aghast at this decision because they felt no foul was committed and they including Taylor, did not run in the second final. Just before leaving for London, Taylor had earned a degree in veterinary medicine from Penn and planned to open a practice when he returned. But before the year was out, Taylor died of typhoid fever.
Personal Best: 440y – 48.2 (1908).
|1908 Summer||25||London||Athletics||Men's 400 metres||United States||USA||AC r3/3||DQ|
|1908 Summer||25||London||Athletics||Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay||United States||USA||1||Gold|
|1908 Summer||25||London||Athletics||United States||Original Final||4|
|1908 Summer||25||London||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat Three||1||QU||49.8||50.2/440y|
|1908 Summer||25||London||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Four||1||QU||50.8|