Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Moses Qualifies For 4th Olympic Trials On Short Notice

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Ed Moses, who won an Olympic gold medal as part of the 2000 Sydney Games men’s 400-meter medley relay, decided to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials on a lark this weekend.

Swimming during prelims in Irvine, Moses, 35, clocked a 1:03.35 in the men’s 100-meter breast.  That time cleared the 1:03.69 Trials cut, and qualified Moses for his fourth Olympic Trials.

As noted by Moses, he pulled off the time having had just two practices in the last four years

Moses first made serious noise as a swimmer with gold in the 100-meter breast at the 1999 Winnipeg Pan American Games.  In Sydney in 2000, he then won silver in the 100-meter breast as well as his gold medal in the medley relay.

In 2001, he took bronze in the 100-meter breast at the World Championships in Fukuoka, before earning a world title in 2003 as part of the 400 medley relay.

His last serious competition took place at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, although he did swim a 50-meter breast (29.81) at the 2014 Snowfox Independence meet.

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  1. Calo Gv

    2 practices????

  2. Ícaro CP

    Marcinho Maes sem base kkk

    • Marcinho Maes

      Caralho que animal! Mito da curta esse! Olha a lenda, Victor Avs

  3. Ronald Hehn

    Does anyone remember the video he made about his “showdown” with Kitajima that resulted in a 200 Breast SCM WR? The soundtrack was the song “Showdown” by ELO. I can’t find it anywhere! Any help is appreciated. It’s a classic.

    • James Hooper

      A classic indeed. I have it on my computer. I thought it was in YouTube

    • avatar

      I actually cut that video together. It used to be up on my YouTube channel but I think I had to take it down because of the ELO copyright. I’ll see if I can find the original. I’ll put up a download link.

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    This is laughable, does anyone remember him saying that he was only a golfer and picked up swimming only years before Sydney? 2 practices in 4 years, ya right ED-your 15 minutes of fame are over, and you are now 6 seconds off the world record

    • avatar

      He said in his interview that making Rio is not his goal, swimming at OTs is. Goal met. Are you honestly disparaging his time after not training for 4 years? Sounds like you’re jealous. Or need to get a life.

  5. Tom White

    Will Shepherd this is you when it comes to bfly haha

  6. avatar

    Unfortunately we are never going to hear the end of “I packed my swimsuit instead of my golf clubs by accident and look at make OT cuts!” story endlessly looped during trials. Amazing, yes. But please just go away.

  7. Gian Alessandro

    Seems very hard to believe. Especially that second 50

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    I would just call it proper taper….

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  10. Cosima Kleine

    Isabel Münchow hat er das nicht schon 2012 versucht!?

  11. avatar

    So, his best flat start time in the 100 breast was a 1:00 plus, and he swam only three seconds slower fifteen years later on no training. I am more than little dubious that he’s only been in the water twice in the last four years.

  12. Gil James Dean

    Pablo Martinez de este pechista te hablaba…

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    Wayne McCauley

    I have always said Ed was the most talented breaststroker EVER. The things he did SCM were and still are amazing. He was not just a couple seconds faster in the 200, he was many times 8 seconds faster.
    He is part of the large community of swimmers with Asthma, 2004 the chemicals in the pool messed him up bad. He should have swam at the pools a couple of weeks before, he then would have known about the issues and done better at the trials. His times were pre- dolphin kick too.

    He always had guts and speed, going out in 29.95. With some actual workouts he might go out sub 28 seconds and scare some people. Plus if he picked up some of the newer techniques and dolphin kicks off the start and turn, he would be at one minute.

    Besides, who said golfers aren’t athlete’s

    Lets see if he is still eating that cheeseburger before racing!

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      Wayne McCauley

      I just spent so time looking at that photo of the top 3 in the 100 brasse. Ed has a 12 pack going on, looks as in condition as any swimmer I have seen. Looks like a LOT of core strength.

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