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Edwin Moses - Famous Athlete


Full Name: Edwin Corley Moses

Date of Birth: 31 st August, 1955

Country: The United States of America

Sport involved in: Athletics

Achievements made:

•  Winner of gold medal in the 400 meter hurdle race at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games

•  Chosen for the USA Track & Field's “Jesse Owens Award” in 1981

•  Received the AAU's James E. Sullivan Award in 1983

•  Gold medalist in the 400 meter hurdle race at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

•  Bronze medal winner in the 400 meter hurdle event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics

•  Inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994

Career: Edwin Moses competed in the 180-yard hurdle and 440-yard dash at the beginning of his athletic career. Before his appearance at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games, Moses competed only once in the 400 meter hurdle race. However, he readily improved his performance. In the 1976 Montreal Summer Games , Moses won the first Olympic title of his international career in the 400 meter hurdle race. In the process, he set a world record in the event with a timing of 47.64 seconds. Moses' signature technique in the hurdle race was his taking thirteen steps between two hurdles. Sometimes he would also take twelve steps. In 1977, Moses improved his own world record. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses had 122 consecutive wins in the event. He also set the world record in the event twice more during this decade of dominance. To add to his success, Moses won three World Cup titles and two World Championships between 1977 and 1987. In the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games , he won his second Olympic gold medal in the 400 meter hurdle competition. In the Games the athletes uttered the Olympic oath under Moses' leadership. Moses' winning streak came to an end when he lost to Danny Harris of America in 1987. After his defeat to Harris, Moses won ten more consecutive races. In the 1988 Seoul Summer Games , he won bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdle event. Following the 1988 Games, Moses retired from the sport.

Performance at the Olympics: Edwin Moses appeared in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games at the age of 20. In the Games, he won the 400 meter hurdle race by 8 meter in a record time of 47.64 seconds. The winning margin set the world record in the history of the event. Moses could not participate in the 1980 Moscow Olympics as a result of the U.S. boycott of the Games. In the 1984 los angles Summer Olympics , Moses won his second Olympic gold medal in the event. In the 1988 Seoul Olympics , he participated at the age of 33. However, this last time also, he won bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdle race.

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