It's a bird, it's a plane,
it's Edwin Moses. And he leaves Martin D'Souza short-winded after
a marathon chat
His exploits on the track and field
are legendary. It was his jet speed, combined with planned stride
pattern (he took only 13 strides between hurdles) that was the secret
of his success. If today, hurdlers don't jump over hurdles, but
simply run over them, it's because Edwin Moses set the style.
Even today, at 47, Moses covers distance gracefully. He does not
walk, he appears to glide by. He minces no words when he says that
the key to success is focus and motivation, coupled with intense
competition at all levels. "Look at the US, we have competitions
at every level, be it school, college or university. We are the
only country in the world that has this kind of system. That's why
we are good. Indian sportspersons and administrators need to follow
these guidelines," are his golden words.
On his first trip to India from the US, he soaks in the sights of
Mumbai. The Nehru Planetarium at Worli, catches his eye and he wants
to know more. "India is famous for carpets, right?" he
inquires. "Are they expensive?" Moses is also tuned in
to what is happening on the border. "We read a lot about Jammu
and Kashmir and India and Pakistan back home. What is the status?"
The Indian beauties who have catapulted to international fame are
also on his mind. "The last six years have been amazing. You
have had the Miss Universe and Miss World. The whole Indian fashion
industry has grown in the West. Even your films are being noticed,
Bend It Like Beckham and the musical Bombay Dreams."
As the interview winds its way to the last lap, one becomes aware
that it was a close encounter with a legend. The fabled nine times
400m hurdles world record holder seems blissfully unaware of the