Nigel Talton’s still chasing Olympic dream

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigel Talton was training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, hoping to finally fulfill his dream of earning a spot on the team.

But the virus postponed the summer games until 2021, so the Fort Valley native didn’t get the chance.

Talton has a dream of becoming a professional track and field sprinter. He has been running track since 2008, and is determined to make his dream become a reality.

He puts in work nearly every single day, and his drive and passion to get better is incredible.

Talton’s a national champion at Shorter University. He also set the Iowa Wesleyan men’s outdoor record in the 100 meter dash at 10.54 seconds in 2010.

In 2013, he placed eighth in the indoor 60 meter dash, and this year, he advanced to the semifinals.

He tore his hamstring in 2016 – two weeks before the Olympic Trials – but didn’t throw in the towel.

The pandemic may be another road block, but Talton says he won’t let his dream die.

“You have to stay ready, so I’m just going to continue to train,” said Talton. “Keep my prayers up. Continue to pray about the affect that it’s having on other people lives and my life as well, so I’m just staying positive. I’m a positive person, so I’m going to just continue to stay positive by knowing that this will pass through. Everybody will be OK.”

Talton also says he looks at the glass half-full, not half-empty.

“I was kind of upset at first, and then I was saying I’m just going to take the positive out of it because somebody has it bad and worst than I do, so I’m just going to continue to be positive. Continue to train. Continue to practice social distancing, and continue to stay safe and stay healthy.”

You may also know Talton if you’ve been to an Atlanta Braves game in the last few years. In 2017, he began a between-innings promotion in which a fan races the outfield warning track against a Talton, who is wearing a spandex-type bodysuit and goggles. They call him “The Freeze”.

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at