|Birth name||Angella Taylor|
September 28, 1958 |
Angella Taylor-Issajenko, CM (née Taylor; born September 28, 1958) is a Canadian coach and former sprinter. She won an Olympic silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay in Los Angeles 1984. At the Commonwealth Games she won seven medals, including the 100 metres title in Brisbane 1982 and the 200 metres in Edinburgh 1986.
Angella was born in Jamaica on September 28, 1958. Her breakout performance came at the 1979 Pan Am Games, where she took a bronze in the 100 m and a silver in the 200 m, and set national records of 11.20 and 22.80 respectively. Despite Canada's boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, she dominated post-Olympic competition in the summer of 1980, winning several meets, and finishing second in the 100 m to Marlies Göhr, and third in the 200 m behind Barbel Wockel at the final stop in Zurich. She was the 200 m champion at the Liberty Bell Classic (which was an alternate to the boycotted Olympics). She lowered her national records to 11.12 for the 100 m and 22.55 for the 200 m by the end of the 1981 season.
Angella Taylor was the 1982 Commonwealth 100 m champion in 11.00, a Commonwealth record and Games record, and anchored Canada to a gold in the 4 × 400 m relay, holding off Raelene Boyle. She also took a bronze in the 200 m and won a silver as part of the 4 × 100 m relay. Once again she improved upon the Canadian records for 100 m (11.00) and 200 m (22.25), She injured her sciatic nerve in the off season training for the 1983 season, which troubled her for the rest of her career.
In 1983, she won a bronze in 100m at the World University Games held in Edmonton. She also picked up a silver in the 4 x 100-metre relay. After finishing a disappointing seventh in the 100 metres at the world championships, she opted out of the relay. Taylor won an Olympic silver medal as part of the Canadian 4 × 100 m relay team in 1984. In 1985, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. She also gave birth to her first child. In 1986, now known as Angella Issajenko, she was again Commonwealth Champion, this time in the 200 metres. She also won a bronze in the 100 m and a silver as a member of the 4 × 100 m relay team.
Issajenko broke the world 50 m record indoors with a 6.06 clocking in Ottawa in 1987. She won a silver medal in 1987 World Indoor Championships in a tight finish with Nelli Cooman, both women were timed in 7.08, but after a photo finish the judges gave the Championship to Cooman, who looked to have crossed the line with her shoulder first. In the summer of 1987, she again broke the national record for 100 m with 10.97 clocking, and finished fifth at the World Championships. Between 1979-1987, she was ranked inside the world's top ten in the 100 metres six times, and in the 200 metres three times.
Taylor-Issajenko was a part of the doping regime of George Astaphan, the physician who supplied Ben Johnson with stanazolol. After Issajenko's training partner Johnson tested positive for stanozolol in 1988, she testified in the Dubin Inquiry and gave a detailed account of widespread substance abuse in athletics which included her reading from her diary. She later told her story to writers Martin O'Malley and Karen O'Reilly for her biography Running Risks which was a detailed tell-all of her sprinting experiences and her dealings with performance-enhancing drugs.
Today Issajenko is a single mother of four including three teenagers: Natasha, Dmitry, and Sophie, who are aspiring Olympians. She works full-time with learning-disabled grade school students and has returned to track and field as a coach based out of the city of Toronto's track and field center on the York University campus.
P.B. 100m - 10.97, 200m - 22.25, 400m - 51.81 .
- 10 Times Canadian National 100 metres Champion 1979,80,81,82,83,84,86,87,88,92
- 8 Times Canadian National 200 metres Champion 1979,80,81,82,83,84,86,87
|1978||Commonwealth Games||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||heats||200 m||23.81|
|1979||Pan American Games||San Juan, Puerto Rico||3rd||100 m||11.36|
|World Cup||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||5th||100 m||11.50|
|5th||4 × 100 m||43.99|
|1981||World Cup||Rome, Italy||4th||100m||11.18|
|4th||4 × 100 m||43.06|
|1982||Commonwealth Games||Brisbane, Australia||1st||100m||11.00|
|2nd||4 × 100 m||43.66|
|1st||4 × 400 m||3:27.70|
|1983||Summer Universiade||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||3rd||100 m||11.17|
|2nd||4 × 100 m||43.21|
|1983||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||7th||100 m||11.30|
|1984||Olympic Games||Los Angeles, California, United States||8th||100 m||11.62|
|2nd||4 × 100 m||42.77|
|1986||Commonwealth Games||Edinburgh, Scotland||3rd||100 m||11.21|
|2nd||4 × 100 m||43.83|
|1987||World Indoor Championships||Indianapolis, Indiana United States||DISQ||60 m||DISQ|
|World Championships||Rome, Italy||5th||100 m||11.09|
|6th||4 × 100 m||43.26|
|1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||quarter-final||100 m||11.27|
|semi-final||4 × 100 m||43.82|
Note: In 1987, at the World Indoor Championships, Issajenko ran 7.08sec to win the silver medal behind Dutch Sprinter, Nelli Cooman. Then in 1989, after her admittance of long term drug use at the Dubin inquiry, the IAAF stripped her of this medal and promoted the Bulgarian Anelia Nuneva to the silver medal position and fellow Canadian Angela Bailey to Bronze.
Note: At the World Cup in 1979 and 1981, Taylor-Issajenko was representing the Americas continent.
- "Angella Taylor-Issajenko". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- Janofsky, Michael (1989-05-25). "Doctor Says That He Treated Johnson With Steroids for 5 Years". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
- http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/504755 Ben Johnson scandal still haunts track world