How Bikila won an Olympic Marathon barefoot!


Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian long-distance runner who is best known for his remarkable achievement at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. He made history by becoming the first African to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon.

Abebe Bikila competed in the marathon event barefoot, a decision made due to discomfort from the ill-fitting running shoes he was provided with. Despite this unconventional choice, he went on to win the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 16 seconds, setting a new world record in the process. This historic victory not only made him a global sports icon but also brought significant attention to Ethiopian and African athletics.

Abebe Bikila continued to compete in subsequent Olympic Games and other international competitions, achieving further success in his running career. However, he faced challenges and injuries later in life. Unfortunately, he was paralyzed in a car accident in 1969, which left him unable to walk. Tragically, he passed away at the age of 41 in 1973.


Bestseller No. 1
ABEBE BIKILA: The Barefoot Runner
  • Embiale, Alem Aweke (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 35 Pages - 08/18/2022 (Publication Date) - Lella Menged, LLC (Publisher)
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Barefoot Runner: The Life of Marathon Champion Abebe Bikila
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Rambali, Paul (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 06/01/2007 (Publication Date) - Serpent's Tail (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Abebe Bikila's Golden Success: True Story (Amharic Edition)
  • Embiale, Alem Aweke (Author)
  • Amharic (Publication Language)
  • 36 Pages - 08/25/2022 (Publication Date) - Lella Menged, LLC (Publisher)
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Tokyo Olympiad Poster Movie 11" x 17" inches Abebe Bikila Jack Douglas This i...
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Bestseller No. 5
Vincere a Roma. L'indimenticabile impresa di Abebe Bikila
  • Sylvain Coher (Author)
  • Italian (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 07/01/2020 (Publication Date) - 66thand2nd (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 6
Vintage photo of Bikila Abebe now receiving treatment.
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Bikila: Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian
  • Judah, Tim (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 175 Pages - 05/27/2024 (Publication Date) - Reportage Pr (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
  • Portuguese Brazilian (Publication Language)
  • 09/23/2021 (Publication Date) - EDIÇOES BARBATANA (Publisher)

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