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Barefoot Runner: The Life of Marathon Champion Abebe Bikila

by Paul Rambali
£8.99   paperback  Profile Books Ltd (2008)

Barefoot Runner: The Life of Marathon Champion Abebe Bikila by Paul Rambali Abebe Bikila was the first African to win an Olympic gold medal, running barefoot in Rome in 1960 and again - wearing shoes this time - in Tokyo four years later. His story has never been told.
 
Born in an Ethiopian village, Bikila joined the Imperial Guard of Emperor Haile Selassie, where his running career began. Following his spectacular victory at the 1960 Olympics, however, Bikila's life to a dramatic turn when he was implicated in a coup against the emperor and sentenced to hang...
 
This is the incredible story of how Bikila's final destiny became fatally entwined with the decline and fall of Ethiopia's last emperor.

ISBN 13: 9781846686535 | ISBN 10: 1846686539