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Moses record win streak comes to an end
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
June 4, 1987
The longest winning streak in the history of a running event is over. The reign ends in Spain.
For the first time in nine years, nine months and nine days, Edwin Moses loses a 400-meter hurdles race, halting his streak of consecutive victories at 122 (107 finals and 15 preliminaries). Beating him in Madrid is Danny Harris, who runs a career-best 47.56, .13 seconds faster than Moses. The two had not raced against each other in three years, since Harris won the silver medal while Moses took the gold at the 1984 Olympics.
In today's race, the 21-year-old Harris, a three-time NCAA intermediate hurdles champion at Iowa State, takes the lead at the fifth hurdle and stays in front. Moses, who hits the final hurdle, is not a gracious loser.
"I hit the 10th hurdle and that really cost me the race," Moses says after running a lap of honor. "He was very lucky to win. I lost because I'm not in great shape right now. I ran a good race and the guy that beat me is 10 years younger and ran the race of his life."
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