Remembering Ethiopia’s Olympic Hero: Abebe Bikila

Ethiopia’s greatest Olympic hero, Abebe Bikila, passed away on October 25, 1973.

Abebe won the first gold medal for Ethiopia and Africa at the 1960 Rome Olympics running the grueling marathon race barefoot.

He repeated the same feat four years later to win his second gold medal at the 1984 Tokyo Olympics.

Abebe was born on August 7, 1932.