At a glance

7 Aug 1932 Jato, Ethiopia
177 cm / 57 kg 5'10'' / 125 pounds
Male

Though his life came to a tragic early end, Abebe Bikila is usually considered the greatest marathoner ever. He was the first person to win the Olympic marathon consecutively, doing so in 1960 and 1964. His marathon career began only a few months before the Rome Olympics in 1960, when he won a trial race in the altitude of Addis Ababa. Between that race and a marathon he won in Seoul in October 1966, Bikila ran 15 marathons, winning 14, losing at the 1963 Boston Marathon, in which he finished fifth. He sustained an injury in 1967 and never fully...

Abebe in numbers

3
Olympics
Olympics
2
medals
Gold medal:2 Silver medal: Bronze medal:
  • Mexico City
    Mexico City 1968
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Mexico City
    Mexico City 1968
    • AC
      Athletics
      Marathon
  • Tokyo
    Tokyo 1964
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Tokyo
    Tokyo 1964
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      Marathon
  • Rome
    Rome 1960
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Rome
    Rome 1960
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      Marathon

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