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Edwin Moses: Best Track Athlete Ever?

March 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

Track and Field is one of the most grueling sports to master. The competition is stiff and success or failure is measured in tenths of a second. With this in mind it is almost impossible to conceive of a man dominating every race he entered for over a decade. This is the accomplishment of Edwin Moses, 400-meter hurdler extraordinaire.

Edwin Moses' signature race is one of the hardest to master. Running around the track once with 13 hurdles to leap is extremely grueling, and it is an event that tends to have a changing of world champions every few years. An athlete can only perform at peak condition for so long before father time and younger competition catches them, which makes Moses so special. From 1977 to 1987 Moses won every 400-meter race he entered (122 in all). During that time he also won Olympic gold medals in 1976 and 1984. He would have won the Olympics in 1980 except there was a US boycott that year. In addition to his medals, Edwin Moses also set 4 world records.

Moses credits his success to a deep understanding of the mechanics of the race. He understood the steps between hurdles, the breathing patterns and length of stride to run a perfect race; and he mastered it all. His consistency over such a long period of time has not been matched to date and may never happen.

Upon retirement Edwin Moses remains connected to the sport. In an era where we too often find out about athletes performing greatness with the use of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, Edwin never was a user and he was an adamant speaker against them. After retirement he has been instrumental in helping to establish anti-doping policies and testing procedures to keep the sport clean. Edwin is also the Chairman Of The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, an association of some of the world's greatest sports legends who believe in using sport for social good and positive change. Sports has the to change the world and the Foundation helps youth in other countries reach their God-given potential.

So what do you think? Is Edwin Moses the best of all time? Certainly he is the best to date at any single track and field event. Let us hope that history is kind to this man because to date too many are not aware of his great accomplishments.

About the Author: Darrell Garrett is Senior Editor at - The Black Man's Survival Guide. To see more stories like this about inspirational people visit

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