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Bikila: Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian

Bikila Ethiopia s Barefoot Olympian On September Abebe Bikila an Ethiopian stunned the world when he won the Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot He was the first black African to win a gold medal at the Olympics and overn

  • Title: Bikila: Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian
  • Author: Tim Judah
  • ISBN: 9780955830211
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • On September 10, 1960, Abebe Bikila, an Ethiopian, stunned the world when he won the Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot He was the first black African to win a gold medal at the Olympics and overnight became a sporting hero, an African hero, and, for many, the first black African they had ever heard of Bikila was a man of his times a symbol of hope in the new AfricaOn September 10, 1960, Abebe Bikila, an Ethiopian, stunned the world when he won the Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot He was the first black African to win a gold medal at the Olympics and overnight became a sporting hero, an African hero, and, for many, the first black African they had ever heard of Bikila was a man of his times a symbol of hope in the new Africa.Now, for the first time, his true story is told Central to that tale is the extraordinary life of another man the Swede Onni Niskanen, Bikila s trainer, a soldier and an adventurer Together they took the sporting world by storm.Although feted as a hero on his return to Addis Ababa, the celebrations didn t last and Bikila was almost killed during Emperor Haile Selassie s coup shortly after his return His life spiralled into booze, girls, and cars until finally he was paralyzed in a car crash The great athlete, however, forged through, and Bikila won a medal in the first Paraplegic Olympics for archery.Tim Judah is one of the United Kingdom s most prestigious foreign correspondents He has traveled extensively in Africa and reported from frontlines across the globe He has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans for the The Times London , The Economist, and The New York Review of Books Judah is the author of the prize winning The Serbs History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, published in 1997, and Kosovo War and Revenge, published in 2000.

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    About "Tim Judah"

    1. Tim Judah

      Tim Judah is a reporter and political analyst for The Economist, and has written several books, mainly focussing on Serbia and Kosovo A graduate of the London School of Economics and of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University he worked for the BBC 1 before becoming the Balkans correspondent for The Times and The Economist During the Kosovo war he broadcast widely and wrote for the New York Review of Books, 2 The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph and The Guardian Weekend magazine Judah is also the author of the prizewinning The Serbs History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, published in 1997 by Yale University Press Judah has reported from numerous places, for a wide variety of newspapers, and other outlets Apart from the Balkans, Judah has reported from countries including El Salvador, Iraq, Afghanistan and Uganda In 2009, Judah was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics Recently, Judah has also written highly praised articles relating to the War in Donbass He is now based in West London and is married to writer and publisher Rosie Whitehouse and has five children.

    377 Comments

    1. This is the most accurate biography of Abebe Bikila available. Judah does not shy away from criticizing Abebe; he may be a hero to an entire nation but Judah does not let you forget that he was a human being with faults.This is a must-read for anyone with interest in the Marathon, long-distance running, Olympics, Ethiopian history and Abebe Bikila in particular.


    2. Good biography considering the central character would have had a rather unexciting life prior to becoming famous in an event more than 50 years ago. The book is almost a biography of Bikila's coach, Onni Niskanen, as much as the runner. There is not a great deal said about Bikila's personal life but it does give some feeling as to the circumstances in Ethiopia, Sweden and Europe from the 1930s to mid 1960s.


    3. Pretty good book, gives a lot of good information on the rise of Ethiopian athletics, some of the characters involved. Very cool if you are a fan of distance running, and Bikila in particular, who was a truly transformative champion, whose decline was too common among high level athletes.



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