Edwin Moses went to college on an academic, not an athletic, scholarship and he used to train using public high school facilities. The 1976 Montreal Games was his first international competition. Yet despite his inexperience, Moses won the 400m hurdles in world record time. His winning margin was eight metres, the largest in the event's history.
Moses missed the 1980 Moscow Games because of the US boycott. However, he returned for the 1984 Los Angeles Games and won a second gold medal. Between September 1977 and June 1987, Moses won 122 consecutive races, including 107 finals in meets that took him to 22 different countries.
At the 1988 Seoul Games, Moses won a bronze medal at the age of 33. During his incredible career, Moses broke the world record four times and his final world record of 47.02 survived for nine years before it fell at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Since his retirement from competition, Moses has been active in the struggle against the use of performance-enhancing drugs.