Overview:Barefoot Runner: The Life of Marathon Champion Abebe Bikila - Abebe Bikila was the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal. He won the marathon running barefoot in Rome in 1960 and won again wearing shoes in Tokyo in 1964, becoming the first person to win the most grueling of all human contests twice. Born into bitter poverty in rural Ethiopia in 1932, at sixteen Bikila joined the Imperial Guard of the Emperor Haile Selassie. It was there that he came to the notice of the Swedish athletics coach Onni Niskanen, whom Selassie had engaged to try and raise his country's profile through sport. Bikila became the focus of these ambitions - and an unwitting figurehead for black African nationalism. Following the 1960 Olympics, Bikila's life took a dramatic turn when he was implicated in a failed coup against Selassie. Bikila was initially sentenced to death but was eventually pardoned following Niskanen's intervention. Despite an attack of appendicitis, Bikila recovered in time to win the Olympic marathon once again. Bikila died in 1973.

This book is on page /88f0ff300130a9332bf7ee8997e69000/book/1603725641-9781846686535. It was written by the following authors: Paul Rambali. Book Barefoot Runner: The Life of Marathon Champion Abebe Bikila, which can be read online, published by the company: Profile Books Ltd. Other books on similar topics can be found in sections: Sports Books, True Stories, Biography. The book was published on 2008-07-03 00:00:00. It has 320 pages and is published in Paperback format and weight 223 g. File for download Barefoot Runner: The Life of Marathon Champion Abebe Bikila has PDF format and is called barefoot-runner-the-life-of-marathon-champion-abebe-bikila.pdf. Other books you can download below. Our nottedeiricercatoriaq.it site is not responsible for the content of PDF files.


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