Suggest Edits
 Abebe Bikila

Photo added by mask

Abebe Bikila

  • Birth 7 Aug 1932 Ethiopia
  • Death 25 Oct 1973 Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Chartered City, Ethiopia
  • Burial Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Chartered City, Ethiopia
  • Memorial ID 10830587

Olympic Champion. He was born in Jato, Ethiopia. He won the Olympic Marathon twice, in 1960 and 1964. He set a new world record at Rome in 1960 and was the first African to win an Olympic gold medal. He set a new world record in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He won marathon world championships in 1960 and 1962.
In 1968 he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He continued to compete athletically winning a 25km cross-country sledge competition in Norway in 1970. His name is on the award given every year at the New York City Marathon to the model athlete.

Bio by: Bigwoo


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Abebe Bikila?

Current rating:

53 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bigwoo
  • Added: 22 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10830587
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abebe Bikila (7 Aug 1932–25 Oct 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10830587, citing Saint Joseph's Church Cemetery, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Chartered City, Ethiopia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .