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John B. Taylor

Full name: John Baxter Taylor, Jr.
Gender: Male
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: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
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

Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States USA Final 1 3:29.4 49,8
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:27.2