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Edwin Moses

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Inducted: 1994, athlete

Born: August 31, 1955 - Dayton, Ohio

Events
400 hurdles - 47.02


As the dominant intermediate hurdler for more than a decade, Edwin Moses authored one of the sport's most famous winning streaks. Over a span of nine years and nine months, Moses won 107 consecutive finals. What makes his feat even more extraordinary is that during his first year of running the event, he became Olympic champion. A physics major at Morehouse College, the long-striding Moses quickly developed a new technique, taking an unprecedented 13 steps between hurdles throughout a race instead of the usual 14. After qualifying for the 1976 Olympic team, he ran in his first international meet, the Montreal Games, where he won the gold medal with a world record of 47.64. The following year, Moses won the U.S. title with another world record performance (47.45). That August, West German Harald Schmid beat Moses in Berlin. Moses won his next race on September 2, 1977, and kept right on winning. He didn't lose again until June 4, 1987 (when Danny Harris beat Moses in Madrid). During that span, Moses twice set the world record (running 47.13 in 1980 and 47.02 on his birthday in 1983); won five more U.S./Olympic trials titles; took three World Cup titles; won the 1987 World Championship; and logged another Olympic gold medal in 1984. Moses missed a chance for a third Olympic triumph at the 1988 Games, taking a bronze medal in the final race of his career. Among the many honors won by Moses are the Sullivan and Jesse Owens Awards.

Records Held
World Record: 400 m hurdles - 47.02 (August 31, 1983 - )

Championships
1976 Olympics: 400 m hurdles - 47.64 (1st)
1984 Olympics: 400 m hurdles (1st)
1988 Olympics: 400 m hurdles (3rd)
1987 World Outdoors: 400 m hurdles (1st)
1977 USA Outdoors: 400 m hurdles - 47.45 (1st)

Education
high school: Fairview High School (Dayton, Ohio)
undergraduate: Morehouse (Atlanta, Georgia), 1978

Occupations
Engineering
Sports administration

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