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Abebe Bikila


Who is Abebe Bikila?

Abebe Bikila was a double Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia, most famous for winning a marathon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running barefoot. A stadium in Addis Ababa is named in his honor.

  • born on (83 years ago) in Ethiopia
  • ethnicity: Oromo people
  • nationality: Ethiopia
  • profession: Track and field athlete, athlete
  • Marriage with Yewibdar Giorghis between and (19 years)
  • died on (42 years ago) in Addis Ababa of cerebral hemorrhage
  • some of the medals:
    • 1960 Summer Olympics
      • Gold medal for Ethiopia in Athletics – Men's marathon
    • 1964 Summer Olympics
      • Gold medal for Ethiopia in Athletics – Men's marathon
  • award: - BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year


Abebe Bikila is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Athlete.

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Track and Field (2012)

by Peter Matthews

Abebe Bikila (ETH) Abebe Bikila (ETH) Mamo Wolde (ETH) Frank Shorter (USA) Waldemar Cierpinski (GDR) Waldemar Cierpinski (GDR) Carlos Lopes (POR) Gelindo Bordin (ITA) Hwang Young-cho (KOR) Josiah Thugwane ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Mental Techniques (2012)

The Best Methods from A to Z by Michael Draksal, Claudia Bender

Geschichte des Abebe Bikila. Hamburg: Carlsen. Rathschlag,

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Medicine (2010)

by Lyle J. Micheli

Abebe Bikila, the barefoot marathoner of 1960, was pursued by Tiger, Adidas, and Puma at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

Google previewFeet and Footwear: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2009)

by Margo DeMello

For example, Zola Budd was a long distance runner in the 1980s who ran barefoot, and Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon while barefoot. Today, some westerners hike in bare feet. See also: Beliefs; Christianity ; Foot ...

Google previewThe Canadian Encyclopedia (1999)

by James H. Marsh

Rome 1960 In the 1960s African runners, such as Wilson Kiprigut of Kenya and Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, achieved Olympic prominence, while athletes from Eastern Europe dominated gymnas— tics and weightlifting events. For the first time ...

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