Event: 400m hurdles
PR: 47.02 (1983)
Born: August 31, 1955, in Dayton, Ohio
Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Fairview (Dayton, Ohio) HS 73
College: Morehouse College 77
Career Highlights: 1976, 84 Olympic gold medalist; Five-time USA champion; 2-time world champion (83, 87); member of National Track & Field Hall of Fame; 1983 Sullivan Award winner; 1981 Jesse Owens Award winner
As the dominant intermediate hurdler in the world for more than a decade, Edwin Moses is recognized globally as one of the greatest track & field athletes in history. Moses announced on August 31, 2003 (his 48th birthday) in Paris that he would compete in the 400m hurdles again beginning in 2004, primarily in masters competitions, and is shooting for meeting the Olympic Trials B qualifying standard of 50.50. He burst onto the world scene with a win at the 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials. Competing in his first international meet a month later, Moses won the Olympic title with a world record time of 47.64 seconds as a collegiate junior. The following year, he 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 for another nine years, nine months and nine days until he was defeated on June 4, 1987 by Danny Harris in Madrid, Spain. Following the defeat, Moses won 10 straight races, including the 1987 World Outdoor Championships in Rome. During his winning streak, Moses won 122 consecutive races (107 finals) and set another world record (47.02 on his birthday in 1983); won five U.S. and U.S. Olympic Trials titles; took three World Cup titles; and another Olympic gold medal in 1984. Moses world record stood for 9 years, until Kevin Young broke it at the 1992 Olympic Games. In utilizing a remarkable combination of speed, grace and stamina, Moses took an unprecedented 13 steps between hurdles instead of the customary 14. He missed a chance for a third Olympic triumph at the 1988 Games, taking a bronze medal in what was then the final race of his career. Among the many honors won by Moses are the Sullivan and Jesse Owens Awards, and he was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year in 1984. He was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1994. broke 48 seconds every year of competition from 1976 until his retirement in 1988 Moses turned to track as a high schooler after being cut from the basketball team, and instead of accepting an athletic scholarship, Moses attended Morehouse College in Atlanta on an academic scholarship, where he studied physics and engineering. In 1994, Moses received his Masters degree from Pepperdine University. Son Julian was born in 1995.
1988: Olympic bronze medalist (47.56)1st at USA Olympic Trials
(47.37)ranked #2 in the world & U.Sbest of 47.37.
1987: 1st at World Outdoors (47.46)1st at USA Outdoorsranked world #1 by T&FNbest of 47.46.
1986: Did not compete at USA Outdoorsranked #2 in the world by T&FNbest of 47.38.
1985: Injured, did not compete.
1984: Olympic champion (47.75)1st at U.S. Olympic Trials (47.76)ranked world #1best of 47.32
1983: 1st at World Outdoors (47.50)1st at USA Outdoorsranked world #1best of 47.02.
1982: Did not compete.
1981: 1st at World Cup1st at USA Outdoorsranked world #1best of 47.14.
1980: 1st at U.S. Olympic Trials (47.90)did not compete at Olympic Games due to U.S. boycottranked world #1best of 47.13.
1979: 1st at World Cup1st at USA Outdoorsranked world #1best of 47.53.
1978: Did not compete at USA Outdoorsranked world #1best of 47.94.
1977: 1st at World Cup1st at USA Outdoorsranked world #1best of 47.45
1976: Olympic gold medalist (47.64)1st at U.S. Olympic Trials (48.30)ranked world #1best of 47.64
1975: Best of 52.0y.