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Abebe Bikila triumphal at the Arch of Costantine


Published on:  2018-02-18 21:30:00

  Famous people of Rome

Police officer and personal bodyguard of Emperor Hailé Selassié, Abebe Bikila was born in the village of Jato in Ethiopia. He became a national hero after winning the gold medal in the 1960 Olympic marathon. At the Games of the Seventeenth Olympiad, held in Rome, Bikila ran and won the full distance of the marathon running without shoes for a precise technical choice agreed with his trainer, the Swedish (of Finnish origin) Onni Niskanen. The arrival was at the Arch of Constantine. Bikila became the symbol of Africa that liberated itself from European colonialism, conquering the first Olympic gold medal of the African continent.

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