Tuesday, August 05, 2008
In 1960, Abebe Bikila stunned the world by winning the Rome Olympics running bare foot, to win Ethiopia and Africa its first Olympic gold medal. Abebe also set world and Olympic marathon records. Four years later (1968), the Ethiopian returned for the Tokyo Olympics, this time wearing track shoes. He won the race with relative ease and again set a new world and Olympic marathon record.
More on Bikila.
Sadly, there is no memorial in Ethiopia for Abebe Bikila.