"My professional instinct for the sport causes me to be totally involved in it," he says. "This is the No. 1 interest in my life right now. I gave up a job as an engineer. I gave up the possibility of going to medical school. It is terribly unfortunate that there were no Olympics, especially for somebody like me. I lost all kinds of opportunities by not winning another gold medal and getting something out of it. But any time I run I want to do the best I can. I think Bjorn Borg and I are the two top athletes in the world, because nobody can beat us. Another world record? I could have done it today, but I slowed up 15 feet before the tape."
With several more meets to run before this calamitous track season ends, there is reason to believe that Moses will have his new world record—and that he will break 47 seconds, a prodigious feat indeed. And even if the rest of the Americans are unable to repair the damage of a wasted year, there is always 1981 and, one certainly hopes, a truly international 1984 Olympics to look forward to.