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Edwin Moses

Full name: Edwin Corley Moses
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: August 31, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Morehouse College/Team adidas
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Edwin Moses dominated the intermediate hurdles to an extent that no man has ever achieved in this or any other event. Though little known before the 1976 season, he set a world record of 47.64 in winning the Olympic title and improved the record in 1977 before setting his final world record of 47.13 in 1980. Moses, a Morehouse College '77 grad, won the U.S. Title in 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1983 and the World Cup race in 1977, 1979, and 1981 and was the first World Champion in the 400 hurdles in 1983. The 1980 boycott deprived him of an almost certain second gold medal. Moses was unbeaten for 10 years, winning 122 consecutive races (107 finals) between 1977 and 1987. Known for his intelligence, he was a physics and industrial engineering major at Morehouse, and later earned an MBA from Pepperdine. He won the Sullivan Award in 1983 and was voted Sports Illustrated's co-Sportsman of the Year in 1984 (with Mary Lou Retton). He 1984, he was selected to recite the Olympic Oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics. In 2000, Moses became chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, which seeks "to promote and increase participation in sport at every level, and also to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change around the world." He seldom ran other races, but did clock 45.60 for 400 m (44.1 in a relay) in 1977 and 13.64 for the 110 m hurdles in 1978.

Personal Best: 400H – 47.02 (1983).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold WR
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics United States Final 1 WR 47.63 4
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 48.29 5
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 49.95 4
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 1 47.75 6 0,193
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 48.51 3
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 49.33 5
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics United States Final 3 47.56 3 0,209
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 47.89 3
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 49.38 6