September 10, 1960 CE – Abebe Bikila Wins the Marathon at the Rome Summer Olympics

September 10, 1960 CE – Abebe Bikila Wins the Marathon at the Rome Summer OlympicsRate this post *Image Credit: Wikipedia As Olympic victories go, few can match the significance of Abebe Bikila’s triumph in the marathon at the Summer Games of 1960 in Rome. Bikila, having only made the trip due to an injury to a fellow runner, became the first African from a sub-Saharan nation to claim a gold medal in any event, setting a record of 2:15:16.2 — all while running barefoot through the streets of the Eternal City, no less. Born on August 7, 1932 in the tiny village of Jato, Ethiopia, Bikila might have been destined […]