How Bikila won an Olympic Marathon barefoot! | Strangest Moments

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This weirdly lighthearted take on Abebe Bikila's achievement skips blithely over the fact that he grew up in an Ethiopia dominated by Mussolini's Italy after the Second Italo-Abyssinian War in 1935-9. As a young boy he had to flee with his family to a remote part of the country and spent a chunk of his childhood under Italian colonial rule. Only a couple of decades later, here he was in the capital of that former invader, running barefoot past the ruins of an older Roman empire; those torches lighting the Appian Way during the marathon were held by Italian soldiers. Quite what extra frisson it all held for him can only be imagined, and one might guess there was a certain extra satisfaction for Haile Selassie – the Ethiopian emperor exiled during the war and occupation – when he honoured Abebe afterwards. Strange and sad irony though in Bikila being given a VW Beetle by his grateful nation to celebrate his Olympic victory, which in 1969 he crashed, leaving him paralysed and unable ever to walk again, let alone run, and ultimately leading to his early death at only 41. Even in a wheelchair, mind, he competed at the 1970 Stoke Mandeville Games, predecessor of the Paralympics. What an athlete he was.
Filip Niewinski
Commentary sounds like an Irish woman trying to do an American accent
Michael McEvoy
Excellent..cannot get enough of this channel
Eliu Misael Pascual Tapia
Wow it no hard to get emotional with stories like this one, my eyes got tearful and a smile drawn in my face while watching this
farah sn
I don't know him before this video, i'm not even ethiopian, but i am so proud of him idk 😂
Liban Isak
Liban Isak
The cobblestones were indeed not a problem for his "feesh".
so she pronounces t sometimes as sh.. like: start-> starsh, heat-> heash and feet-> feesh is that a dialect from somewhere? never heard that before
Fana Kidane
I would have been jealous of the Ethiopians if I wasn’t Ethiopian for myself. Gosh... I love us.
Advant Garde
He broke world record without shoes!!! In a running sport!!! What the f*$k!!!
Kiran Goud
Thanks for sharing his story 🙏🏻
Gravitons *
**Steps on a tiny rock**
Yew Moon Lee
Bikila House was one of the competition 'houses' in the junior college I taught in. I'd often ask students assigned to that House if they knew who Bikila was. None I asked knew, and I had to point them to the library to find out (those were pre-internet days).
Anon Anon
You spelled Badass wrong.
Elias Lowrey
he is a beast
Tina Patton
The mumblin' marathon commentary was made bare-brained!
JJ 48
He wasn't doing that jig because he was happy.his feet were actually in a lot of pain
CR 15
Tina Patton
Ex-Addis Ababa sans Adidas!!
Roopa.D Manjunath
Africans r very talented, wow very inspiring
Tony Ton
Someone should make a movie out of that..
Onni Niskanen is a Finnish name and he was born in Helsinki the capital of Finland, of course later he moved to Sweden but even then he was not considered swedish but swedish-finnish...
Turn auto captions off.
Titanic Life
Why am I crying😂
Keyboard Warrior
911 Tech
Linda Velasquez
He just became my inspiration
Jaymansalem 0nesze1os
D Super man
Other Animals can run barefoot why humans cant ?
Juan Alfonso Fuentes
Es triste que la historia de esfuerzo de un atleta sea representada de forma tan patética, es un documental o un capitulo de derbez
ViZu Restart
dam they straight up roasted the roman empire in the first 20 seconds
Osya Sa
Horrible narration. You have to check back with your pronunciation and stresses 😖
Chuck The Aviator
Milkha Singh too
Sarah Juliette
It is such a shame that his pair of shoes had worn oush and he had to run barefoosh.
Luul Ha
waw Weltrekord .....super gemacht🏆💃👣 Abebe Bikile hat es Verdient ❤💪👍👍👍💋👑🌞
Bikila it is an inspiration for many athletes around the world
I thought running 5km barefoot for my schools cross country was tough, can’t image 42km and winning it!!
Unknown Blogger
Huh, that's odd
Sweet Strawberry
Does anyone know what's the music from 02:01 to 03:25 ?
kuruba veeresh
wow............true hero
He wore shoes for his second marathon?? Sell-out. Hmph.
Teo Artheo Fajar
He + Vibram = invicible
Frank Hamed
Rugged 😱 😱
Beat that!
Elias Karppi
Get your facts straight!! Onni Niskanen was a Finn-Swede making him Finnish, not Swedish.
un hombre y su desgana
Czars Salad
- Vim do futuro dizer que Abebe Bikila agora é BK! O BKrack, Bkristo, Bkftão !
Rhiana DIY's
He looked so determined on his last 500 meters
Il Papa Vitielo
You have to put fake cheering on the video?
Onni Niskanen sounds more Finnish than Swedish
Amha neway
I am ethiopian and pround
Its all about not giving up🙂
That's crazy!! And definitely wouldn't occur these days😬🤘🏼but wow
Eva B.
Jemu jami
Is it a scotish accent that I hear in the voice of the lady ?
Rohit Gunda
eric yu
4:11 So, there are white Africans?
Haftu Melaku
for the second time Ethiopian make history in Italy by war and Olympic
Etienne Rutz
Laila Callinan
Kamran Malik
what's with the reenactments in these videos?? get people who actually look like the athletes, it seems like when the athlete is black ur just using legit any black people you can find.. like with the terrible fake afro wigs in another video.. feels pretty racist
Kristen Duncan
one bbosh
lual Lual
Why you being racist: first black African? There are many black African? And no I’m not being racist because it doesn’t count when your from that country or skin colour. STUPID