John Baxter TAYLOR

United States of America USA


  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
  • First Olympic Games
    London 1908
  • Year of Birth
Olympic Results


John Baxter TAYLOR

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).


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London 1908

1,600 metres Medley Relay
1,600 metres Medley Relay Athletics
400 metres
400 metres Athletics