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How did Abebe Bikila die?

Abebe Bikila was a marathon runner from Ethiopia who ran the 1960 Rome Olympic Marathon barefoot and won the gold medal. He later won the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Marathon. He became a national hero in his country and was held up by the barefoot running...

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Who is Abebe Bikila?

Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian marathon runner who won the 1960 Rome Olympic marathon running it barefoot. He then went on to win the 1964 Tokyo Olympic marathon, this time in running shoes. Abebe Bikila passed away in 1973 at the age of 41 from...

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Why did Abebe Bikila run barefoot?

Abebe Bikila won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics running barefoot. He was a late inclusion to the team from Ethiopia competing at the Rome Olympics and the team had run out of enough kit for them to have running shoes that...

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