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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Holy Moses: Edwin sets world record, wins gold
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
July 25, 1976
The Olympics in Montreal is Edwin Moses' first test on the international scene. The hurdler who would have been his toughest competition, world record holder John Akii-Bua of Uganda, isn't in the field because of an African boycott of the Olympics.
After getting off to a slow start in today's final, Moses kicks it into another gear down the back straight, passing the Soviet Union's Yevgeny Gavrilenko. Moses, a 20-year-old Morehouse College student, wins by eight meters over teammate Mike Shine.
"The last 60 or 70 meters, I couldn't believe him," Shine says. "I didn't think anyone could pull away that fast."
"I pushed hard on the last five hurdles," says Moses. "Anyone can run the first five, but what decides who wins a race is the last five. I'd planned to run a 47.5 today. I guess 47.6 isn't too bad."
No, it's not. His 47.64 breaks Akii-Bua's world record by .18 seconds. When the race ends, Moses and Shine embrace in a classic picture. Then they jog a victory lap, with Moses knocking over two hurdles. "I'm glad I didn't do that during the race," he says.
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