Edwin Moses
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  • "In 10 years, Moses faced hundreds of different competitors, but nobody beat him; some even quit the event out of frustration. Fashions changed, politics went conservative, the U.S. boycotted the Olympics in 1980 and participated in 1984. But none of it affected Edwin Moses, who just kept running away from the competition."
    -The Washington Post

  • "Extraordinary talent is obvious. We're in the rarefied presence of an immortal here. Edwin's a crowd unto himself."
    -Leroy Walker, U.S. Olympic track and field coach

Edwin Moses


Edwin Moses, an Olympic Champion, sports administrator, diplomat and businessman, is one of the most respected and recognized athletes of our time. Guided by his parents' influence on him as educators, he accepted an academic scholarship in engineering from Morehouse College rather than an athletic scholarship elsewhere.

Although there was no track at Morehouse College, Moses trained for the 1976 Olympic trials using the public high school facilities around Atlanta. He subsequently won the trials in the 400 meter hurdles with an American record of 48.30 seconds, making his first Olympic team. For the next decade he dominated the hurdles accumulating the most amazing string of consecutive victories ever amassed by an individual athlete. Over a period of nine years, nine months and nine days, from August 1977 until May 1987, Edwin collected 122 straight victories, 107 of these were finals; this winning streak has remained unbeaten and stands in the Guinness Book of Records to this date.

He demonstrated his excellent form in Milan, Italy when he smashed his World Record of 1977 with a new record time of 47.13 seconds. Three years later he lowered the mark once again on his 29th birthday in Koblenz, West Germany, with his time of 47.02. This record remained unbroken until 1992. Edwin took a leave of absence from his engineering position at General Dynamics in 1979, to pursue athletics full-time. On the heels of the passing of the U.S. Amateur Sports Act in Congress in 1978, he set out to improve training conditions and financial support mechanisms from American athletes.

As a sports administrator, Edwin is best known for his skillful and courageous directives in the development of policies against the use of performance enhancing drugs. In 1993, he decided to make the first major public challenge in the assault against performance enhancing drugs in sports, together with a few other dedicatedly pure Track and Field athletes, who became pioneers in the development, administration and implementation of the sport's world's most stringent random in-competition drug testing systems.

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