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Abebe Bikila

Date Added: October 20, 2015 03:47:16 AM
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Category: Sports Medicine: Sports: Running

 

Abebe Bikila was a marathon runner from Ethiopia, winning dual Olympic gold medals: Paris, france in 1960 as well as in Tokyo in 1964. He passed away in 1973 at the age of 41 as a result of troubles following a motor vehicle accident. There is a arena in Addis Ababa named after him. Google recognized Abebe with one of their doodles on which would have been his 81st birthday celebration on 7 August 2013.
1960 Olympic Marathon at Rome:
Abebe had been a eleventh hour replacement in the Ethiopian team for the Olympics. He had no running shoes to compete in and Adidas, the official supporter simply had a few pairs left that did not fit him, so he competed in the marathon without shoes (he had been running without running shoes). He won the gold medal in a time of 2hr 15min. Following the marathon, responding to an inquiry as to the reasons he ran without shoes, Bikila answered: “I wanted the whole world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination and heroism.
1964 Olympic Marathon in Tokyo:
Forty days prior to the Olympics Abebe was operated on for an severe appendicitis and at one stage it was thought that he would probably not be able to run. Abebe went on to win this marathon in a world record time of 2hr 12min, becoming the first runner to win two Olympic marathons. Bikila was wearing Puma running shoes in the race (which he also competed in to come 5th at the 1963 Boston Marathon).
He is an easy to moderate heel striker with a few midfoot strikes as well. Despite that, he's not overstriding and could crack a world record. Bikila is commonly idolized by the barefoot running community as a hero for running the marathon barefoot (along with other high level athletes). Critics of this love to explain that he did run faster and break a world record when using running shoes.
As part of Abebe's legacy, the minimalist athletic shoes manufacturer, Vibram FiveFingers have the Bikila model of their range named after him. Early in 2015, the family of Abebe Bikila reported they were taking a law suit against Vibram for registering the ‘Bikila’ brand without having approval.

Abebe Bikila was a marathon runner from Ethiopia, winning dual Olympic gold medals: Paris, france in 1960 as well as in Tokyo in 1964. He passed away in 1973 at the age of 41 as a result of troubles following a motor vehicle accident. There is a arena in Addis Ababa named after him. Google recognized Abebe with one of their doodles on which would have been his 81st birthday celebration on 7 August 2013.

1960 Olympic Marathon at Rome:
Abebe had been a eleventh hour replacement in the Ethiopian team for the Olympics. He had no running shoes to compete in and Adidas, the official supporter simply had a few pairs left that did not fit him, so he competed in the marathon without shoes (he had been running without running shoes). He won the gold medal in a time of 2hr 15min. Following the marathon, responding to an inquiry as to the reasons he ran without shoes, Bikila answered: “I wanted the whole world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination and heroism.

1964 Olympic Marathon in Tokyo:
Forty days prior to the Olympics Abebe was operated on for an severe appendicitis and at one stage it was thought that he would probably not be able to run. Abebe went on to win this marathon in a world record time of 2hr 12min, becoming the first runner to win two Olympic marathons. Bikila was wearing Puma running shoes in the race (which he also competed in to come 5th at the 1963 Boston Marathon).

He is an easy to moderate heel striker with a few midfoot strikes as well. Despite that, he's not overstriding and could crack a world record. Bikila is commonly idolized by the barefoot running community as a hero for running the marathon barefoot (along with other high level athletes). Critics of this love to explain that he did run faster and break a world record when using running shoes.

As part of Abebe's legacy, the minimalist athletic shoes manufacturer, Vibram FiveFingers have the Bikila model of their range named after him. Early in 2015, the family of Abebe Bikila reported they were taking a law suit against Vibram for registering the ‘Bikila’ brand without having approval.

 

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