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Moses Aiming for U.S. Trials

September 01, 2003|Randy Harvey

PARIS — Edwin Moses, who turned 48 Sunday, announced his comeback in the 400-meter hurdles.

On the 20th anniversary of his last world record, 47.02 seconds in Koblenz, Germany, Moses said in a news conference here that he has a goal of qualifying for next year's U.S. Olympic trials. That would require him to run the event no slower than 50.05 seconds before July 1, 2004.

"I'm rooting for Felix and all those other guys," he said, referring to the Dominican Republic's Felix Sanchez, the two-time world champion and his closest challengers.

"I'm not looking to run 47s or 48s or even 49s. I'd just like to get into the low 50s to show I can still do it. I'm in excellent physical condition, and my technique is as good as it was when I was competing full time."

Moses has 11 of the fastest 20 times in U.S. history. His world record was broken by Kevin Young of the U.S., who ran 46.78 at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. No one has bettered that time.

-- Randy Harvey

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