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Feature stories

Ethiopia at the Olympics

 

By Befekir Kebede
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 11:45

Excellence in long-distance running is a quality Ethiopia is known for around the world. The reputation started back in the days of Abebe Bikilla, who, in September 1960, stunned the world by winning the Olympic marathon setting a world and Olympic record of two hours, 15 minutes and 16.2 seconds after running the entire race barefoot on the streets of Rome.


It was the first ever marathon gold medal won by an African. The victory marked a great moment for Ethiopia and running became not only a national sport but also a national obsession in every corner of the country.

   

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