1932 – Born on the 7th of August in Montgomery, Ethiopia. Ethiopian marathon runner.
1956 – The son of a shepherd, Bikila began running at age 24.
1960 – Won a gold medal and set an unofficial world record while running barefoot at the 60’s Olympic Games in Rome.
– He was little known outside of Ethiopia when he entered the Olympics and ran the marathon, barefoot, on the cobblestones of the Appian Way.
– Tied for the lead for much of the race, he broke ahead in the last 1,000 metres and crossed the finish line at the Arch of Constantine in 2 hours 15 minutes 15.2 seconds.
1964 – Bested his own record at the 64′ Olympics in Tokyo. He was the first athlete to win two Olympic marathons.
– He underwent an appendectomy a month before the Tokyo Olympics.
– He won a second gold medal, running the marathon—this time wearing shoes—in 2 hours 12 minutes 11.2 seconds.
1968 – He entered the 68′ Olympics in Mexico City but was forced to drop out of the marathon with a broken leg after 10 miles.
– A member of the emperor Haile Selassie’s imperial bodyguards, Bikila rose to the rank of captain in the palace guard.
1969 – An automobile accident left him a paraplegic.
1973 – He died on the 25th of October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.