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 1,023,704 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Abebe Bikila is the 2nd most popular athlete (up from 4th in 2019), 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 3,055Before him are Jesse Owens. After him are Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, Louis Zamperini, Spyridon Louis, Luz Long, Jānis Lūsis, Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, Dana Zátopková, and Dick Fosbury.

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Among people born in 1932, Abebe Bikila ranks 13Before him are Omar Sharif, Miloš Forman, Luc Montagnier, François Truffaut, John Williams, and Cesare Maldini. After him are Peter O'Toole, Gerhard Richter, Anouk Aimée, Anthony Perkins, Glenn Gould, and Dian Fossey. Among people deceased in 1973, Abebe Bikila ranks 14Before him are Lyndon B. Johnson, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Fulgencio Batista, Pearl S. Buck, Henri Charrière, and Ivan Konev. After him are Walter Ulbricht, Max Horkheimer, Ludwig von Mises, İsmet İnönü, Paavo Nurmi, and John Ford.

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In Ethiopia

Among people born in Ethiopia, Abebe Bikila ranks 2 out of 74Before him are Haile Selassie (1892). After him are Zewditu (1876), Mengistu Haile Mariam (1937), Menelik II (1844), Onuphrius (320), Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia (1895), Menelik I (-1000), Girma Wolde-Giorgis (1924), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (1946), Tewodros II (1818), and Sahle-Work Zewde (1950).

Among ATHLETES In Ethiopia

Among athletes born in Ethiopia, Abebe Bikila ranks 1After him are Mamo Wolde (1932), Haile Gebrselassie (1973), Miruts Yifter (1944), Kenenisa Bekele (1982), Tirunesh Dibaba (1985), Derartu Tulu (1972), Eshetu Tura (1950), Genzebe Dibaba (1991), Fatuma Roba (1973), Almaz Ayana (1991), and Meseret Defar (1983).