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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Moses never threatened as win streak continues
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 5, 1984

Asked once about the pressure he feels because of his incredible winning streak in the 400-meter hurdles, Edwin Moses replied, "It's like going to your execution 15 times a year."

Moses dodges another bullet today when he wins the gold medal at the Olympics in Los Angeles. It is Moses' 105th consecutive victory, including 90 in finals.

He wins by more than three yards over runner-up Danny Harris in a mundane (for him) 47.75 seconds, slower than his time in winning at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. "Had I been pressed, I could have run a much faster race," says the 28-year-old Moses. "At no time did I feel a threat. After waiting eight years and not being able to go in '80 [because of the U.S. boycott], this is a great relief."

Moses ties Paavo Nurmi's feat as the only Olympic runners to win an individual gold medal in the same event eight years apart. The Flying Finn won the 10,000 meters in 1920 and 1928.

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