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Abebe Bikila

1932 - 1973

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Shambel Abebe Bikila (Amharic: ሻምበል አበበ ቢቂላ; August 7, 1932 – October 25, 1973) was an Ethiopian marathon runner who was a back-to-back Olympic marathon champion. He is the first Ethiopian Olympic gold medalist, winning his and Africa's first gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome while running barefoot. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, he won his second gold medal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abebe Bikila has received more than 1,136,323 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Abebe Bikila is the 2nd most popular athlete, the 2nd most popular biography from Ethiopia and the most popular Ethiopian Athlete.

Abebe Bikila is most famous for winning the marathon at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

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Among athletes, Abebe Bikila ranks 2 out of 3,059Before him are Jesse Owens. After him are Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, Louis Zamperini, Bob Beamon, Spyridon Louis, Carl Lewis, Viktor Saneyev, Usain Bolt, Luz Long, and Ronnie Coleman.

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Among people born in 1932, Abebe Bikila ranks 13Before him are Andrei Tarkovsky, François Truffaut, Miloš Forman, Johnny Cash, John Williams, and Cesare Maldini. After him are Peter O'Toole, Roh Tae-woo, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Anouk Aimée, Glenn Gould, and Dian Fossey. Among people deceased in 1973, Abebe Bikila ranks 18Before him are Ivan Konev, Hans Kelsen, İsmet İnönü, Walter Ulbricht, Ludwig von Mises, and John Ford. After him are Paavo Nurmi, Max Horkheimer, Anna Magnani, Henri Charrière, Pablo Casals, and Gabriel Marcel.

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In Ethiopia

Among people born in Ethiopia, Abebe Bikila ranks 2 out of 89Before him are Haile Selassie (1892). After him are Zewditu (1876), Mengistu Haile Mariam (1937), Menelik II (1844), Menelik I (-1000), Onuphrius (320), Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia (1895), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (1946), Sahle-Work Zewde (1950), Girma Wolde-Giorgis (1924), and Tewodros II (1818).

Among ATHLETES In Ethiopia

Among athletes born in Ethiopia, Abebe Bikila ranks 1After him are Haile Gebrselassie (1973), Mamo Wolde (1932), Kenenisa Bekele (1982), Miruts Yifter (1944), Sifan Hassan (1993), Tirunesh Dibaba (1985), Derartu Tulu (1972), Addis Abebe (1970), Eshetu Tura (1950), Genzebe Dibaba (1991), and Fatuma Roba (1973).