Edwin Moses is an American former track and field athlete.Having accepted an academic scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, he majored in physics and industrial engineering, while competing for the school track team.
Morehouse did not have its own track, so he used public high school facilities around the city to train and run. Moses won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals (122 consecutive races) and set the world record in the event four times. Moses used a certain technique where he would only take 13 strides between the hurdles, while other runners took 15. Almost always he would pull away in the second half of races, due to his dominant techinque.In addition to his running, Moses was also an innovative reformer in the areas of Olympic eligibility and drug testing.
In 2000, he was elected the first Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an international service organization of world-class athletes. In May 2009, the University of Massachusetts Boston awarded Moses an honorary doctorate for his efforts to maintain the integrity of Olympic sports and for his use of sports as a tool for positive social change.