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  • I admired Abebe Bikila for the sheer courage of running the marathon through the streets of Rome barefooted, and for doing it in the capital city of

    David Maraniss discusses Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World.

  • Just as the traditional basketball "high top" has begun to go "low top" thanks to Kobe Bryant, so the world of running has paid attention to the trend toward "barefoot," initiated by gold-medal-winning marathoner Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia in 1960 in the Rome Olympics, and popularized again with Christopher McDougall's book "Born to Run" in 2009.

    The Great Sneaker Revival

  • In the 1960 Rome Olympics, Abebe Bikila became the first African to win an Olympic medal when he finished first in the marathon—running barefoot.

    Long May You Run

  • Abebe Bikila wins the Olympic Marathon in Rome, running the entire distance barefoot.

    Long May You Run

  • Bikila died of a brain hemorrhage in his early 40s, which may help to explain why no definitive biography of him has appeared, nearly a half century after he struck gold in Rome.

    2008 August 20 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • He says that when Bikila, among other runners, went to the Adidas stand in the Olympic village to get shoes, there were no shoes that fit him: His big toes were too large and his outside toes too small.

    2008 August « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Four years later, wearing shoes and socks in Tokyo, Bikila became the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in the marathon:

    2008 August 20 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Best line: Rambali explains why Bikila ran barefoot in Rome, though he provides no source for it.

    2008 August « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Bikila was so euphoric that it mattered not if the band could not find the score for the Ethiopian national anthem … and played the Japanese anthem instead,” David Miller writes in Athens to Athens.

    2008 August 20 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Vibram Men's Fivefinger Bikila LS - m358 prices from Barely functional; don't buy it

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