Morgan Taylor
Morgan Taylor 1928.jpg
Morgan Taylor at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameFrederick Morgan Taylor
BornApril 17, 1903
Sioux City, Iowa, United States
DiedFebruary 16, 1975 (aged 71)
Rochester, New York, United States
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
ClubIllinois Athletic Club, Chicago
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris 400 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 1928 Amsterdam 400 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 1932 Los Angeles 400 m hurdles

Frederick Morgan Taylor (April 17, 1903 – February 16, 1975) was an American hurdler and the first athlete to win three Olympic medals in the 400 m hurdles. He was the flag bearer for the United States at his last Olympics in 1932.[1][2]

In 1924, Taylor won the 400 m Olympic trials with a world best time of 52.6 s, which was accepted as a national record, but not as a world record. While winning the gold medal at the 1924 Olympics he clocked the same time, but knocked one hurdle, and the record was again not ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). In 1925, he won his second AAU title in the 440 yd hurdles in a world best time of 53.8 s, but this record was discounted too. Finally the IAAF accepted his 400 m record of 52.0 s set at the 1928 Olympic trials.[3]

While studying at Grinnell College, Taylor competed in both track and field and football. He won the NCAA 220 yd hurdle title in 1927 and finished second in the long jump in 1925. After graduating he worked as a salesman for the Chicago Tribune and then as a teacher and athletics coach. His son F. Morgan Taylor Jr. also competed in track and field as a long jumper.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Morgan Taylor". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Frederick Morgan Taylor".
  3. ^ "Morgan Taylor". Olympedia. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
Olympic Games Preceded byBilly Fiske Flagbearer for the  United States Los Angeles 1932 Succeeded byRolf Monsen