How Bikila won an Olympic Marathon barefoot! | Strangest Moments


What do you do when your shoes wear out and you have an Olympic Games marathon to run? Take Abebe Bikila's advice and go barefoot. Discover more surprising Olympic Moments in the "Strangest Moments" series: /> Subscribe to the official Olympic channel here: /> Visit the Olympic Channel, where the Games never end:



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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
Michael McEvoy
Excellent..cannot get enough of this channel
Cooper Lambert
Put a piece of LEGO on the track and good luck Bikila
farah sn
I don't know him before this video, i'm not even ethiopian, but i am so proud of him idk 😂
Filip Niewinski
Commentary sounds like an Irish woman trying to do an American accent
mr x
Barefoosh
mr x
The cobblestones were indeed not a problem for his "feesh".
Somnogenesis 4
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.
Elias Lowrey
he is a beast
Kiran Goud
Thanks for sharing his story 🙏🏻
Roopa.D Manjunath
Africans r very talented, wow very inspiring
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).
Keyboard Warrior
THIS GUY INVITED FLAT FOOT AND WE ALL KNOW IT!
CR 15
Καλο😆😆😆😆😆
Linda Velasquez
He just became my inspiration
Titanic Life
Why am I crying😂
911 Tech
Amazing
Dhanush Shetty
Other Animals can run barefoot why humans cant ?
Jaymansalem 0nesze1os
Legend
Inqu'aanate
Turn auto captions off.
Anon Anon
You spelled Badass wrong.
Unknown Blogger
Huh, that's odd
SnowmansApartment
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
Sarah Juliette
Magnifique
SnaitMilBrisas
- Vim do futuro dizer que Abebe Bikila agora é BK! O BKrack, Bkristo, Bkftão !
1518sharon
Its all about not giving up🙂
Etienne Rutz
2nd
Kamran Malik
3rd
Aminosa
BAREFOOOSHH
MsLiooo
Is it a scotish accent that I hear in the voice of the lady ?
Amha neway
I am ethiopian and pround
Haftu Melaku
for the second time Ethiopian make history in Italy by war and Olympic
Y.S.S.S
6
Laila Callinan
FIRST COMMENT!!!!!
un hombre y su desgana
Legend
Rhiana DIY's
He looked so determined on his last 500 meters
I Z Z Y de Smit
That's crazy!! And definitely wouldn't occur these days😬🤘🏼but wow
Kristen Duncan
ew
Jemu jami
Rip