Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila

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Death 25 Oct 1973 (aged 41)
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Chartered City, Ethiopia
Burial Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Chartered City, Ethiopia
Memorial ID 10830587 · View Source
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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. 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.

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  • 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 .