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Track and Field Legend Edwin Moses ’78 Featured on Wheaties Box A MOREHOUSE MAN has now been honored with his own Wheaties box. Track and field legend Edwin Moses ’78 is one of three Olympic gold medalists—joining swimmer Janet Evans and diver Greg Louganis—as the latest athletes to be honored in the Wheaties Legends series. “I was very impressed, because it’s a very prestigious honor to be on the box of Wheaties,” Moses said on the blog site. “Several icons in track and field, and people that I know, have been on the box—starting with Bruce Jenner in 1975—so it’s quite an honor to be included among that subset of athletes.” Moses was a member of the Morehouse Track and Field Team. After the 1976 season ended, he trained, and then qualified, for the Olympic Games in Montreal. With help from President Hugh Gloster ’31, Moses not only competed in the Games, but he won a gold medal and set a world record in the 400-meter hurdles. He broke that record the following year, but then lost a race in August 1977. After that race, he won 122 consecutive races spanning a period of nine years, nine

months and nine days. During his career, Moses won two Olympic gold medals, three World Cup titles and two World Championship titles. He retired in 1988 after winning a bronze medal in the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. Moses is now the chairman of Laureus World Sports Academy, an international service organization of world-class athletes. He is happy with the photograph on the Wheaties box of him waving to fans. “I think the photograph that was chosen is really outstanding and says it all,” Moses said. “I think my fans will really appreciate the gesture from Wheaties. And I think maybe 10 to 15 years from now, people will still have those boxes.” n

Jerome Singleton ’11 Competes in Third Paralympic Games JEROME SINGLETON ’11 represented the United States in his third Paralympic Games in Rio in August. The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities. Summer and winter Paralympic Games are held in conjunction with the Olympic Games every four years, taking place in the same cities and venues as the Olympics. Singleton, a former member of the Morehouse Maroon Tigers Track and Field team, was born with a partial tibia in his right leg. He was 18 months old when doctors amputated his leg below the knee. He found out about the Paralympic movement while he was a Morehouse student and decided to give

it a try. That has blossomed into an impressive Paralympic career in which he was a silver medalist in the 100 meters and was part of the gold medal winning 4x100 meter team during the 2008 Paralympic Games. Singleton was part of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and has won a number of World Championship medals. In 2011, he defeated reigning champion Oscar Pistorius in the 100 meters world championship. Singleton didn’t medal in Rio, finishing sixth in the 100 meters and 13th in the long jump. He was part of the favored U.S. 4x100-meter relay team that actually ran a world-record time in the finals in Rio, but was disqualified after officials determined there was a bad baton handoff between two of Singleton’s teammates. n WINTER 2017 2016 WINTER


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