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Abebe Bikila: barefoot to Olympic gold

In 1960, 28 year-old Abebe Bikila amazed the world when, unknown and unheralded, he won the Olympic marathon. He attracted the world’s attention not only by being the first East African to win a medal, but also because he ran the event barefoot. Four years later, in Tokyo, he won again – this time with shoes.

Athletics, BIKILA, Abebe, Ethiopia, marathon, Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Men,

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