For 10 years, Edwin Moses was the undisputed king of his event, the 400m hurdles. From 1977 to 1987, Moses ran 122 races and won them all.
Moses first made a name for himself in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, where he won his first gold medal by setting a world record of 47.63 seconds and beating his nearest opponent by eight meters. He lost a race in August 1977, but started his incredible streak a week later. The United States’ boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games deprived Moses of a chance at a second Olympic gold, and he had to wait four more years before he would get a shot. He made the most of it, winning in Los Angeles to become a two-time Olympic champion and continue his unbeaten run.
Moses was finally beaten on June 4, 1987, ending his reign at exactly nine years, nine months and nine days. He competed in his last Olympics in Seoul in 1988, where at the age of 33 he managed to bring home a bronze medal.
Today Moses is active in combating the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
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